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EXTRACTS 

FROM THE 



Ixules and Regulations 

OF THE 

BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Art. 3. — Any resident in town over fourteen years of age, may 
take books from the Library. Children under fourteen rnay take 
books on presenting Application Card sigued by their parents or 
guardians, whom the trustees will hold responsible for the safe 
return of the volumes. 

Art. 4. — Every person so entitled to borrow books from the 
Library shall receive from the Librarian a printed Application 
Card to be regularly filled and returned, and in exchange for the 
same, the Librarian will, if satisfactory, give a Call Card to be re- 
tained as filled out by the Librarian. Ou this shall be stamped 
the date of "Loan" and "Return" of each book taken. 

Art. 5. — No person shall be allowed more than one book at one 
time; and no book can be exchanged on the same da}' on which it 
is taken out. 

Art. 6. — If a "Call Card" be lost, another will not be issued to 
the same person till the expiration of two weeks from the time 
the Librarian is notified of the loss, except on pa3^ment of ten 
cents. 

Art. 7. — No book shall bo kept from the Library over two weeks 
under a penalty of five cents for every three days delay. Un- 
labeled books renewable for two weeks. Labeled books not renewa- 
ble. The Librarian shall notif}' any person withholding a book 
beyond the time allowed; and the expense of such notice shall be 
added to the fine. 

Art. 8. — If any book shall be lost, or materially injured, the 
person to whom it stands charged shall either pay the appraised 
value thereof, or replace it by a new volume or set (if it belongs 
to a set) of the same or a later edition, and of equal value, besides 
paying all fines that may have accrued on said book. 

Art. 9. — The Librarian shall withhold the use of the Library 
from those persons from whom fines are due; and from all per- 
sons who misuse or damage books, and shall appraise the amount 
of damage done to books, subject to appeal to the Trustees. 



THE SIXTY-FOURTH 

Annual Report 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 25, 1876,. 

CONTAINING REPORTS OF THE 

Auditors, Selectmen, Assessors, Overseers ow 

the Poor, Treasurer, Collector, Fire 

Engineers, School Committee, and 

Library Trustees. 

ALSO, 
THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD OF THE 

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS,. 

DURING THE YEAR 1875. 



WAKEFIELD : 

W. H. TWOMBLY, PRINTER, WAKEFIELD'S BLOCK. 
1876. 




352. 
Wl4- 



Zi"9o9 



TOWN OFFICER 




Selectmen. 

WILLIAM S. GEEENOUGH, Chairman and Secretary . 

WU. K. PERKINS, ROBERT L. MURKLAND. 



Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON. 



Assessors and Fence Viewers. 
EDWARD MANSFIELD, DAVID PERKINS, II. L. MURKLAND, 



Overseers of the Poor. 
JAMES OLIVER, Chairman. DANIEL G. WALTON, 

CYRUS N. WHITE. 



School Committee 
WILLIAM F. POTTER,* Chairman, 
CHARLES R. BLISS, 
LUCIUS BEEBE, 
CHAPLIN G. TYLER, 
HENRY D. SMITH, Secretary, 
6EORGE W. ABORN, 
* Resigned. 



Term ] 
1 1 


Expires 

1 1 


1876 
1876 


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4 ( 


1877. 


1 1 


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1877 


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1878 


1 1 


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1878 



r. J. SKINNER, 



Auditors. 

FREEMAN EMMONS, 



E. E. EMERSON. 



Collector of Taxes. 
OTIS V. WATERMAN. 



Trustees of the Beebe Public Library. 
LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. S. 0. RICHARDSON, 

CHESTER W. EATON, Treasurer, FRANCIS P. HURD, 

THOMAS WINSHIP, GEORGE A. HARDY, 

| EDWARD .MANSFIELD, JOHN M. GATE, 

THEODORE E. BALCJI, Sec'y, . AZEL AMES, JR., 
LS. ELIZA A. WAKEFIELD, HENRY D. SMITH, 

.MRS. HARRIET N. FLINT. 



4 

Highway Surveyors. 

JOHN H. PERKINS, Centre District 

DAVID BATCIIELDER North 

GEORGE K. GILMAN, South 

A. N. BLANCHARD, East 

CYRUS KIMBALL, West 

JOSEPH TUTTLE, Woodville " 

Board of Health. 
S. O. RICHARDSON, J. R. MANSFIELD, J. P. TUCKER. 

Engineers of Fire Department. 
J. W. JENKINS, Chief, A. J. HUTCHINSON, Sa?& 

JOHN H. EMERSON. 

Constables.- 
DANIEL CAREY, MOSES STAPLES, CHAS. H. DAYDL 

Police Officers. 
CHAS. H. DAVIS, Chief, MOSES STAPLES, F. G. COKER, 
DANIEL CAREY, JOSEPH TUTTLE, R. L. COOPER, 

ISSACHAR STOWELL, I. F. SHELDON, GEO. A. D ALAND. 

MAJOR TATTERSALL, JOHN F. ALEXANDER. 

Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 

Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 
GEO. W. ABORN, GEO. M. HALL, 

Pound Keeper. 
JOHN B. ATWELL. 

Measurers of Wood. 
JOSEPH TUTTLE, C. W. GREEN, H. A. HORTON, 

JOSHUA WALTON, LUCAS SMITH, HENRY CLAY, 

A. J. HUTCHINSON. 

Truant Officers. 
DANIEL CAREY, WILLIAM G. SKINNHL 

Field Drivers. 

JAMES GILL, SYLVESTER BURDITT, II. M. RIDEOl'X 

E. E. OLIVER, DANIEL W. HUNT. 



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; 



List of Jurors 

Accepted by the T^nvx November 2d, 1875. 



Abbott, Benj. F. 
Abbott, George 
Atwell, ^m. H. 
Aiwell, John * 
Britton, Richard 
Beckford, Charles F. 
Batchelder, David 
Bancroft, Benj. F. 
Becbe, Cyrus G. 
Cooper, Reuben L. 

urey, Daniel 
Curtis, Andrew 
Dal and, Geo. A. 
Baton, Levi P>. 
Emerson, John II. 
Eaton, Isaac F. 
Oilman, Geo. K. 
Green, Chas. W. 
f Haskell, Henry L. 
Hartshorne, Chas. F. 
Hartshornc, Win. II. 
Jenkins, John W. 
Lolly, Thomas 
Mason, David P. 
Mansfield, James J. 
Mm-kland, Rob't L. 



Morrison, Geo. E. 
Nichols, Hero 
Oliver, James 
O'Hta, Bartholomew 
Perkins, David 
Perkins, Wm. K. 
Perham, Joshua 
Philpot, Cyrus A. 
Pitman, Lawrence J. 
Pope, J. Holman 
Putney, StilJman J. 
Richardson, Solon O. 
Sheldon, Isaac F. 
Skinner, Win. G. 
South worth, Mason S. 
Sweetser, Jewett B. 
Sweetscr, F. Felton 
Staples, Moses 
Tyler, John A. 
Walton, Solon 
Walton, J. C. W. 
West gate, James 
Williams, Francis 
Woodward, James F. 
Young, Wm. F. 



AUDITORS 9 REPORT. 



LIST OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1875-6. 



For Support of Schools, 

School Contingent Fund, 
Support of the Poor, . . 

" " Fire Department, 

Highways and Bridges, 
Railing for Highways, 
Payment of Town Officers, 
Expense, of Street Lamps, 

Support of Public Library 



including 

1874-5," 



Case G. 11. Barnes vs. Town, 
Miscellaneous Expenses, 
Building Orchard Street, 

" Cottage " 

" Summer " 

Reservoir, Melvin " 

" Cor. School and Central Strc 



dog 

5383 



$12,500 00 
1,000 0(1 
4,000 00 
4,700 oe 
4,000 00 
500 06 
2,800 08 
1,200 00 

583 04 



tax > 
04, J 



ets, 



4,700 Ofl 

4,000 00 

200 OS 

500 06 

400 Ofl 

600 m 

200 Ofl 



Total Appropriations, Selectmen's Department, $41,883 04 
For Payment of Interest on Town Debt, 9,500 00 



Total appropriations, 



$51,383 01 



SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 



Appropriation authorized, 

Less amount transferred to 
School Contingent Fund, by 
vote of Town Feb'y 21st, L87G, 



112,500 00 



250 00 



$12,250 00 



Expended as per following details: 

Teachers' Salaries. 
Paid Melvin J. Hill. High School, (11 mos.) $1,650 00 

Abbie F. Nye, Asst. " 
Eliza M. Greenwood, Asst. Hi^h School, 
M. E. Wentworth, Advanced Grammai 



Abbie S. Perkins, 

Ella M. Pinkham, 

Lilla M. Means, 

Franeella M. Evans, 

C. Eveline Sweetser, 

Elenora Hutchinson, 

Alice M. Wiley, 

Hattie E. Perkins, 

( Jlara M. Sweetser, 

Myra A. Stearns, 

Alice Alexander, 

Susie A. Turnbull, 

Clara M. Sweetser, 

Alice M. Wiley, 

Myra A. Stearns, 
» . i< 

Alice M. Wiley. 
M. Annie Warren, 
Sara L. Thomas, 

Cora B. Bancroft, 
Julia L. Hopkins. 
Annie R. Killoran, 



First 

Second " 

Third 

First Primary, 

Second " 

Training School, 



1 1 



a 
i i 
i i 



[ticker Primary. 



« » 



Franklin Street, 



North District, 



Fast 



1 1 



568 75 

75 00 

650 00 

507 00 

507 00 

507 00 

448 50 

448 50 

650 00 

54 00 

87 00 

48 00 

27 00 

30 00 

30 00 

36 00 

30 00 

51 00 

204 00 

66 00 

448 50 

207 00 

218 50 

L80 00 

108 00 

390 00 



[mount <<HTic<l fnrii-nnl , 



. *S,22<5 75 



8 



Amount brought forward, . 
Paid Emma L. Upham, " - ; 

Ella M. Dao-er, West 

Sophie F. Hamblin, " 

Fraimie L. Hartshorne, Greenwood, 
Mary E. Stocker, Woodville, 

E. Fannie Butterfield, " 
L. J. Mansfield, " 

F. E. Grover, Music Teacher, 

Total Salaries, 



§8.226 75 
284 00 
429 00 
448 50 
400 50 
109 20 
144 00 
190 00 
272 00 

$10,453 95 



Janitors' Services. 
Paid Wm. H. Wilev, High School Building, 

Wm. G. Skinner 
Abel F. Hutchinson, 
James E. Buckley, 



Centre District, 



Franklin Street, 
North District, 
East 

li it 

West 

Greenwood. 
Woodville, 
Ricker Primary, 



Henry Phelps, 
Jerry Lyons, 
Geo. H. Wiley, 
Jonas Cowdrey, 
Isaac F. Sheldon, 
E. Butterfield, 
Win. Ricker, 

Total 

Fuel Account. 

Paid Geo. W. Ahorn, 42 Tons Coal at $7.90, 

1 " » 9.00, 

Basketing, 
2C'ds Oak Wood at $10.00 
3 •• Pino " •• 7.00 
Teaming, 
Matches. 
35 C'ds Oak Wood at $8.00 



a 
a 
i i 

i i 

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ti 



i i 

a 

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Joseph Tuttle, 



10 1-2 



Pine 



5.50 



$296 66 
63 00 
154 00 
71 00 
36 75 
13 50 
21 00 
55 50 
33 75 
25) 25 
13 50 

y7S7 91 



hnount carried forward, 



$331 


80 


9 


00 




75 


20 


00 


21 


00 


2 


00 




55 


280 


00 


57 


75 


$722 


85 



9 



Amount brought forward i . 
Taid II. I). Hoyt, 2 1-2 C'dsPine Wood at 6.00 
J. J. Mansfield & Son, 8 1-1 ft. Oak - 10. 00 
Benson & Hall, 8 Tons Coal, " 8.25 

" Basketing, 

Asaph Evans, Preparing Fuel, 
Moses G. Hobson, " 
. Waldo E. Cowdrev, " t: 

Isaae F. Sheldon, " " 

Jerry Lyons, " '* 

James E. Buckley, 
Win. H. Wiley 

Total, .... 

Recapitulation. 
Appropriation brought forward. 



a 



Expended : 



Teachers' Salaries, 
Janitors' Services, 
Fiiel Account, 



$10,453 1)5 
787 91 
1)43 87 



s722 


85 


15 


00 


10 


31 


66 


00 


(> 


00 


68 


58 


15 


13 


o 


00 


13 


00 


4 


75 


14 


75 


4 


50 



$943 87 



2,250 00 



Total Expended, 
Balance Unexpended, 



$12, 185 r,) 

$64 27 

VU 2,250 00 



SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND. 



Appropriation authorized. 
Transferred from regular appro- 
priation by vote of Town, 
February 21st, 1876, 
Cash refunded by School Com- 
mittee on acc't Singing Books, 



$1 


.000 

250 
53 


00 

00 
82 














u 


.)0.) 


82 



10 



Expended as per following details : 

Paid American Tablet Co., bl'kb'ds and erasers, 
A. J. Wilkinson & Co., £0inT, etc. 
Murphy, Leavens & Co., brushes, dusters, etc. 
Daniel Cummings & Co., brooms, pails, etc, 
S. R. C. Association, broom, 
Doane & Greenoua'k, ink, 
Skinner & Co., conveying music teacher, 



Conant & Newhall, 
W. H. Twombly, 
W. H. Twombly, 
Jo s eph Cart wri ght , 
G. X. Littlefield&Co., " 
M. S. Southworth, building fence north 
side High School lot, 



printing, 
printing, 
stove, 
" and repairs, 



Richard Britton, 
G. W. Kendall, 

B. Peabody, 
Melvin J. Hill, 
L. P. Goullaud, 
White & Goullaud, 

C. P. Foster, 
Young & Bartlett, 



collecting statistics 
wheelbarrow, 
new pump and repairs, 
sundries, 
singing books, 
pitch pipes, etc. 
books and supplies 
books, etc. 



Misses Perkins and Pinkham, stationery, 

J. L. Ross, repairs on furniture, 

Geo. K. Gilman, labor Greenwood school yd 



J I. X. Winslow, 
H. L. Haskell, 
W, A. Hamblin, 
Lewis Fairbanks, 
Bacon <& Sweetser 
Sin pies & Teague, 
J. B. Wiley, 
C. II. R. Cheney, 
II. L. Hall, 
Luther Crocker, 



teaming, 

labor and repairs. 



repairing clocks. 



repairs, 



$6 40' 

8 63 

64 60 

22 90 

45 

17 00 

48 00 
5 00 

39 25 
35 00 

18 25 
158 10 

78 06 

15 00 

8 00 
22 00 
14 40 

166 m 

4 50 

151 02 

9 26 
12 50 

8 33 

49 83 
1 50 

3 00 

9 75 

ii 2:> 

40 40. 

11 1.2 

12 60 

4 00 

1 25 

2 25 



Anion ni carried forward \ 



$1,063 26 



11 



extra labor, 

labor and sundries, 

it a 

labor, 



j [mount brought forward^ 
Paid John Purington, repairs, 
M. C. Taylor, 
X. C. Mayo, 

D. P. Richardson, " 

W. II. Wiley, 
I. F. Sheldon, 
Henry Phelps, 
Jonas Cowdrey, 
(J. II. Wiley/ 
Wm. Crane, 
J. II. Perkins, 
(i. O. Sanderson, 
Israel Gray, 
James E. Buckley, supplies, 

Total Expenditures, 
Balance unexpended, 






. 11,063 


26 


30 


99 


57 


28 


23 


00 


46 


50 


20 


05 


7 


37 


2 


5a 


4 


15 


2 


27 




5a 


Q 

o 


50 


1 


25 


11 


75 




20 


. §1,274 


57 


$29 


25 


$1,303 


82 



SUPPORT OF POOR. 



Appropriation authorized, . . . $4,000 00 

Paid James Oliver, Chairman of Overseers, as 

per receipts, .... 4,650 0a 



$650 00 



Balance overdrawn, 

The details of expenditures will be found in the Report of 
Overseers of the Poor. 

By vote of the Town, Feb'y 21st, 1876, the Selectmen 
were authorized to draw orders on the Treasurer for this De- 
partment, in excess of appropriation, if necessary. 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



repairs, 



and sundries 



labor. 



Steward 



fuel, 



Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 

Yale Engine Company, No. 1. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1875, 

Wm. Jeffers, 

J. & S. Winship, 

J. W. Jenkins, 

J. W. Smallcon 

G. N. Littlefield&Co., 

Bacon & Sweetser, 

J. F. Woodward & Son. 

J. H. Emerson, 

A. J. Hutchinson, 

F. G. Coker, 
Sylvester Bur dirt, 
W. S. French, 
David Flanders, 
Gr. W. Aborn, 
Citizens' Gas Company, gas, 

S. R. C. Association, sundries, 
Xorcross, Mellon & Co., feather duster, 
D. P. Richardson, use of horses, 

H. X. Win slow, teaming, 

X. P>. and A. E. Proctor, oil clothing, 

Total, .... 
C. Wakefield Engine Company, No 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1875, 
Lewis Fogg, Steward, 
Geo. W. Aborn, fuel, 
Issachar Stowell, repairs, 
S. R. C. Association, sundries, 

G. N. Littlefield & Co., " 
Chas. II. Derby, use of horses, 

kjnount carried forward^ . 



$4,700 00 



$1,229 17 
146 20 
121 25 

5 40 

1 60 
3 64 
3 58 
7 15 

16 05 

6 32 

2 00 
19 00 
19 05 
31 05 
16 40 
22 05 

1'50 

3 33 

4 00 
12 00 
15 00 



,685 74 



2. 



$962 50 


82 


(55 


12 


53 


2 


50 


4 


55 




15 


2 


00 


$1,066 


88 



13 



Amount brought forward, . 
Paid C. Wakefield Co., use of horses, 
N. B. & A. E. Proctor, oil clothing, 

Total 
Chemical Engine Company, No. 1 

Paid Firemen's Services to May^lst, 1875, 
W. A. Prescott, Steward, . . 

Justin Howard, " 

Ira Wiley, rent of house, 

Oscar Hutchinson, " " 

Cutler Bros. & Co., chemicals, 
G. X. Littlefield & Co., repairs and sund's 
Roger Howard, " • 

J. & S. Winship, 
J. F. Woodward & Son, " 
Geo. W. Aborn, fuel, 
Howe & French, chemicals, 
D. B. Stedman & Co., sundries, 
X. E. Fire Ex. Co., rubber buckets, 
H. X". Winslow, teaming, 
C. Hayes, rubber suits, 

Total, . 

Washington Hook & Ladder Company, 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1875, 
John M. Cate, rent of room, 
John F. Alexander, Steward, 
J. & S. Winship, repairs, 

John Purington, " 

Staples & Teague, " 

Bacon & Swectser, " 

Gr. X. Littlefield & Co., " and sundries 
S. R. C. Association, sundries, 
( itizens' Gas Co., gas, 
C. II. Robertson, repairs, 
J. II. Perkins, use of horses, 

Total, 



$1,066 88- 

6 00* 

18 75 



Xo 



>1,091 


6a 


$258 


33 


2ti 


68 


25 


35 


41 


33 


41 


67 


18 


90 


6 


26 


• 
4 


oa 


3 


75 


3 


3^ 


5 


40 


5 


67 


3 


9a 


9 


00 


11 


00 


17 


25 


$481 


87 


). 1. 




$612 


35 


21)1 


78 


40 


58 


10 


oa 


27 


62 


2 


25 


8 


30 


25 


71 


1 


84 


19 


35 




90 


6 


00 



$1,055 CS 



14 



Other Expenses in the Department. 
Paid IT. L. Hall, engineers' badges, 

J. IT. Emerson, ringing bell for meetings, 
W. H. Twombly, printing, 
Town of Melrose, nse of engine, 
Andrew Goodwin, ringing lire alarm, 
E. Mansfield & Son, oil, &c, 
G. X. Littlefield,& Co., nails, 
L. F. Linnell, expressing, 
J. II. Eaton, " . . 

Thomas Conely, tire police, 
II. X. TVmslow, teaming, 
Staples & Teagae, frames, 
• J. -X. Eames, repairs, 

J. P. Tucker, chamois skins, 
J. H. Emerson, to complete reservoir cor 
School and Central, in excess of appro- 
priation, ..... 
ITimneman & Co., new hose and repairs, 
N. E. Linen Hose M'f'g Co., repairing hose, 
James Boyd & Sons, " " 



Total, . 

Recapitulation 
Yale Engine Co. Xo. 1, 
C. Wakefield Co. Xo. 2, 
Chemical Engine Co. Xo. 1, 
Washington Hook & Ladder Co., 
Sundry other Expenses, 



Balance unexpended, 



$6 


36 


3 


00 


15 


00 


5 


00 


12 


10 


3 


70 




15 


5 


75 


8 


90 


2 


00 


13 


50 


o 


12 


2 


50 


1 


90 



100 


00 


147 


49 


9 


50 


2 


50 



$342 47 



$1,685 74 

1,091 63 

481 87 

1,055 68 

342 47 

$4,657 39 

42 (51 



$4,700 00 



BUILDING RESERVOIRS. 

Appropriation for Melviii Street, 

" " North Ward, 

Drawn from Fire Dep't Fund by order of Hoard 
of Engineers, 



<r 



Total, . . ". 

Expended as follows by the Board of Fire En 
Paid X. II. Dow, as per contract, for buildin 
Melvin Street Reservoir, 
Sundry Individuals, for labor on North War 

Reservoir, .... 
Peterson & Parker, covering stone, do., 
W. II. Twombly, advertising proposals, 
J. '& S. Winship, repairing tools, 
J. R. Horton, sundries, 
(r. X. Littlefield & Co., tools and repairs, 
S. I). Hobson, plank, 

Total 

Unexpended balance, 



|600 00 

200 00 

100 00 



$900 00 
irineers : 



$460 00 



360 


58 


42 


50 


2 


00 


•» 
o 


34 


3 


00 


o 


77 


7 


57 



$*82 76 
17 24 



$900 00 
This unexpended balance ($17.24) was disbursed by the 
Board of Engineers as follows : 

Paid J. F. Alexander, Steward II. & L. Co., . $12 50 

(J. W. A born, fuel, '" " . 2 75 

1). P. Richardson, use of horses, . . 2 00 



PAYMENT OF TOWN OFFICERS. 



£17 25 



Appropriation authorized, 
Distributed as follows : 



$2,800 oo 



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Paid Board of Auditors for 1874-5, 
" Selectmen for 1875-6, 
" Assessors for 1875-6, 
" Fire Engineers for 1875-6, 
James Oliver, as Overseer of the Poor, 
Cyrus N. White, " " " 

Otis V. Waterman, Collector, on acc't, 
Chas. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, 
W. F. Potter, School Committee 1875-6, 
Chaplin G. Tyler, " " " 

Henry D. Smith, " " " 

Geo. W. Aboru, " " " 

John F. Alexander, Janitor Town Hall, 
Win. G. Skinner, Truant Officer 1874-5, 
" " " " 1875-6, 

Daniel Carey, " " 1875-6, 

Oliver Walton 2d, Return of Deaths, 



Charles H. Davis, 

Daniel Carey, 
F. G. Coker, 
Oliver Walton, 2d, 
John F. Alexander, 
R. L. Cooper, 
Moses Staples, 
Geo. A. Daland, 
Henry D. Hoyt, 
Major Tattersall, 



Constable duty, 
Police 



Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 



$100 00 

400 00 

400 00 

100 00 

91 00 

42 00 

550 00 

75 0O 

50 0O 

30 0O 

30 00 

33 3a 

296 50 
50 00 
30 00 
30 00 
17 25 
10 00 
61 80 

187 70 
84 20 
24 85 
13 00 
16 30 
35 00 
15 00 

2 50 

3 60 

$2,779 03 
20 97 

$2,800 0O 



So i K.—We deem it but just to state that both the services and expenses of Daniel 
G. Walton ae Overseer of the Poor arc gratuitous to the town. 



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SUPPORT OF BEEBE PUBLIC LIBJtARY. 



Appropriation authorized, regular, 
Dog Tax 1874-5, 



$200 00 
383 04 



$583 04 
Paid C. }Y. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees, . $583 04 

For details of expenditure see Report of Trustees. 



EXPENSE OF STREET LAMPS. 



Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Citizens'. Gas Co. for gas, 

G. F. D. Skinner for lighting, . 

Chas. S. Knowles, " . 

A. I). Gate, " . 

Joseph Cart wright, lamps, etc., 

W. K. Perkins, oil, etc., 

" " labor lamp posts, 

W. A. ('utter & Co., oil, chimnies, etc., 

C. R. Tuttle, " " and lights 

Joseph Desealzo, repairs, 

William Mills & Co., " 

Mason & Bridger, l A 

Total, .... 
Balance unexpended. 



. $1,200 00 


804 


88 


60 


00 


78 


50 


184 


84 


11 


65 


2 


79 


2 


00 


1(5 


10 


11 


31 


o 
O 


60 


1 


15 


11 


75 


. n,i88 


57 


ii 


43 


$1,200 00 



18 

CASE OF GEO. B. BAliNES vs. TOWN, 

FOE DAMAGES SUSTAINED ON FOEEST STEEET, 



Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Geo. B. Barnes, judgment and costs, 
Chas. B. Train, fee and services, 
C. P. Judd, services and expenses, 
Henry G. Clark, M. D., Medical Expert. 
Azel Ames, Jr., M. D., " " 

Dr. G. Kimball, " " 



James Oliver, 
Joseph Tuttle, 
B. F. Abbott, 
J. W. Jenkins, 
Richard Britton, 
Amasa Farrier, surveys 



witness fees. 



i i • 



Balance unexpended, 



$4,700 00 

$3,900 20 

300 00 

152 75 

150 00 

50 00 

50 00 

8 50 

7 00 

7 00 

7 00 

5 50 

20 25 

$4,658 20 

41 80 

$4,700 00 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 



A ppropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 



. $4,000 00 



Town House Account. 

Taid Descako & Boulger, change in gas fixtures, 
Citizens' Gas Co., for gas, . 
J. J. Mansfield, 32 37-40 tons coal at $7.50, 
H. D. Hoyt, for wood, .... 
George W. Aborn, fuel for lockup, . 

Amount carried forward, . 



$270 (>6 

490 50 

247 01 

7 04 

9 50 

$1,024 71 



19 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid Howard Watch and Clock Co., repairing 
tower clock, . 
II. L. Hall, repairing hall clock, 
J. C. Fennel ly, shades, &c, 
J. L. Hainmett, repairing settees, 
Wakefield Rattan Co., mats, 
W. &. J. Martin, towels, . 
A. J. Hutchinson, gas .burners, 
J. F. Alexander, sundries, 
II. 1). Hoyt, lumber for coal bin. 
C. W. Trow, repairs, 

N. W. Turner <& Co., 
Staples & Teague, " 

Geo. II. Teague, " 

Closes Staples, " 

Lewis Fairbanks, " 

John Purington, " 

G. N. Littlelield & Co., " 
McLeod & Murphy, whitewashing lockup, 
Joseph Turtle, removing ashes, 

Total, .... 



$1,024 71 

6 52 

1 00 

6 25 

12 00 

15 75 

1 50 
4 85 
9 43 

3 00 

4 00 

3 00 
6 83 

10 60 

2 00 

4 25 
1 75 

20 60 
4 00 

3 00 

$1,145 04 



Note. — Janitor's services charged to the appropriation for payment of town officers. 
The income of the Town Hall will be found in Treasurer's report. 



a 
c i 



Printing, Stationery, &c. 

Paid W. II. Twonibly, ptg. town reports 1874-5, 

by-laws, 

and advertising, . 
Doane & Greenough, books and stationery, 
Board of Assessors, stationery, . 
\Y. S. (ireenougli, postage and telegram, . 

Total, . 



$345 


70 


29 


76 


49 


25 


84 


08 


1 


50 


4 


36 



$514 (55 



$155 


00 


110 


00 


76 


32 


20 


60 


10 


69 



.20 



Legal Services. 

Paid B. F. Thomas, retainer fee and services in 

ease Boston & Maine II. R. vs. Town, 
Eaton & Hamilton, services and expenses in 

case Boston & Maine R. R. vs. Town, 
Eaton & Hamilton, services and expenses in 

referee case of French vs. Town, 
Eaton & Hamilton, services and expenses in 

case of Flanders vs. Town, 
Eaton & Hamilton, sundry cases. 



Total, . . . . . $372 61 

Odds and Ends. 

Paid John M. Cate, rent of armory,* . . $300 00 

Mrs. W. C. Bryant, bounty, ... 100 00 
Jas. Oliver, expenses as Overseer of Poor, 108 50 

Cyrus N. White, " " " " 18 00 

Connell & Kirk, land damage for gravel pit, 100 00 

E. E. Emerson, Treas., music 4th July. . 100 00 

Mrs. S. W. Locke, gravel pit on Forest St., 200 00 
Major Tattersall, night-watch for Mar., 75, 95 00 

Daniel Carey, " " " 95 00 

G. F. Hartshorne, plans, surveys, &c, . 10 00 

George TV\ Aborn, balance due on account 

contract for building New Salem street, . 58 02 

Staples & Teague, labor street signs, . 33 45 

Sundry bills of Board of Health for 
1874-5, as follows, viz. : 
Chas. Linnehan, use of sprinkler, $70 00 
G. W. Kendall, repairs do., . 17 00 

J. J. Titcomb, sundry repairs, . 15 94 

G. F. D. Skinner, sprinkling sts., 78 56 

" returning sprinkler, 6 00 

Azcl Ames, Jr., postage, &c, . 8 00 

195 50 



Amount carried forward, . . $ 1,413 47 

♦ Reimbursed by the state. 



21 



child 



case 



Anion nt brought forward, . 
Paid L. F. Linnell, expressing, 

George Abbott, repairing flag-staff, 

A. W. Mitchell, police badges . 
G. W. Aborn, posts for street signs, 
M. E. Goodwin, repairs on fence, 
S. S. Scranton, law book, 
W. G. Skinner, circulating reports, 
J. F. Alexander, posting bills, . 
Oliver Walton, 2d, funeral expenses of 

of Albert Bradbrook, 
\. II. Dow, labor on drains, &c, 
Francis M. Smith, detective incendiary 
W. X. Tyler, special police, 
Daniel Carey, special police, 
J. W. Sniallcon, repairs town pump, 

B. Peabody, pump Elm street, . 
J. N. Eames, repairs on pump, . 
James Gill, rini>in«; bell, . 
Bacon & Sweetser, painting fence in old 

cemetery, 
Oliver Walton, 2d, labor old cemetery, 

B. S. Moulton & Co., framing by-laws, 
Board of Health, sundry bills, . 
A. C. Perkins, labor music stand, 
W. K. Perkins, labor liberty pole. 
J. F. Emerson, town treasurer, services 

1874-5, 

C. R. Bliss, School Com., services 1874-5 
Henry 1). Smith, " " " 
Chaplin G. Tyler, " 



,413 

4 

4 

15 

10 

2 

4 

18 

2 

6 

18 
40 

2 
122 

2 
16 

2 
10 



47 

90 
25 
00 
00 
12 
50 
00 
50 

00 
25 
(35 
50 

08 
90 
00 
00 



5 5.0 

8 00 

3 00 

(5 50 

3 00 

2 00 

50 00 
40 00 
2r> 00 
25 00 



Total, 



,863 77 



Explanation.— The town officers' services, which are charged to this appropria- 
tion, properlj belong to the appropriation for the payment of town officers, hut that 
appropriation having been recommended and based upon the salaries of officers for the 
present year only, it was exhausted for that purpose, and the Selectmen were obliged 
to draw upon the miscellaneous fund for the payment of these bills, which should have 
been presented last year. 



22 



Recapitulation , 



Town House account, 
Printing, stationery, &e., 

Legal services, 
Sundry other expenses, 

Total, . 
Unexpended balance, 



$1,145 04 

514 65 

372 (51 

1,863 77 

$3,896 07 

103 93 

$4,000 00 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 



Appropriation authorized, .... 

This amount was apportioned by the Select- 
men as follows : 

Retained to pay bills of last year, contracted by 

Road Commissioners, 
For Centre district, J. H. 
North 

South 

East 

West 



;4,000 



district, J. II . Perkins, Surv( 

" Daniel Batchelder, • 

" Geo. K. Oilman, ' 

A. N. Blanchard, ' 

" Cyrus Kimball, 



Woodville " Joseph Tuttle, 



$500 


00 


840 


00 


525 


00 


570 


00 


400 


00 


795 


00 


370 


00 



si, ooo 00 



23 



Expended as follows : 

BY SELECTMEN. 

Balance retained by them, . 

Paid Richard Britton, Treasurer of Road Com- 
missioners, balance due, as per rep't, 

B. F. Abbott, labor, . 
Simeon Parker, " 
Geo. W. Aborn, " 
Thos. W. Sullivan, " 
Michael Low, blasting ledge, 
J. W. Jenkins, breaking snow, 

C. H. Derby, 

Cyrus Kimball, " " 

Adam Wiley, " " 

D. P. Richardson, " " 
, Joseph Tuttle, " " 

J. Morrill, " " 

F. C. Skinner, gravel, etc., 
Peterson & Parker, edgestones, 

Total amount old bills, 
Paid E. F. Sweetser, sundry repairs, 

AY. K. Perkins, setting bounds, etc., 
D. S. Fairbanks, sidewalk Water street 
Maurice Fitzgerald, " " • 

A. C. Perkins, bridge, Valley street, 
Gowing & Sweetser, driveway, Orchard st., 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 



$500 00 

CENTRE DISTRICT. — J. II. PERKINS, SURVEYOR. 

Amount apportioned, . . . . ■• $840 00 

Cash drawn by Surveyor, .... 840 00 

Mr. Perkins" vouchers" show that he has expended money 
as follows : 



$500 00 

7 36 

30 00 

4 00 

31 90 
18 75 
13 00 
46 25 
48 12 
24 00 

27 89 

5 10 

28 15 
41 30 

29 50 
72 80 



$428 


12 


1 


50 


13 


25 


Q 



00 


1 


75 


5 


00 


6 


25 % 


$45S 


87 


41 


13s 



24 



Paid J. H. Perkins, 75 1-2 days' labor at $2.25, $169 88 
" " for horse and cart 98 d's at 1.75, 171 50 

Dexter C. Wright, with horse and cart 10 1-2 

days at $3.00, .... 31 50 

Felton Sweetser, with horse and cart 4 days 



at $3.50, 


. 


. 


. 


14 00 


Michael Madden, 


59 1-2 


days 


at $1.75, 


104 13 


Peter Crowley, 


19 




' 1.75, 


33 25 


Timothy Reagan, 


21 3-4 




' 1.75, 


38 06 


Simeon Parker, 


4 




' 1.75, 


7 00 


Levi Flanders, 


43 1-4 




< 1.75, 


75 69 


N. H. Dow, 


12 




< 1.75, 


20 94 


William Cronan, 


7 1-4 




< 1.75, 


12 69 


Andrew Young, 


7 1-2 




< 1.75, 


13 12 


" " with horse & car 


t 2 < 


' 3.50, 


7 00 


E. H. Copp, 


2Q 




' 1.75, 


45 50 


John Whitford, 


7 




< 1.75, 


12 25 


Thomas Sullivan, 


21 1-2 




' 1.75, 


37 63 


William Bachellor, 


197 loads 


grav 


el at .04, 


7 88 


J. Gr. Morrill, removing snow 


5 


. 


3 75 


J. W- Smallcon, blacksmith work, 


• 


5 00 



Total expended, . . . $810 77 
Leaving a balance in the hands of the Surveyor, of $29 23 



$840 00 



NORTH DISTRICT. DAVID BATCHELDER, SURVEYOR. 

Amount apportioned, ..... 
Cash drawn by Surveyor, .... 

Expended as follows : 

Paid David Batchelder, labor 15 1-2 ds. at $1.75, 

" " " 3 " 1.50, 

C. P. Poland, with horse and cart 2(y 1-2 

days at ^3.50, .... 

C. P. Poland, witli horse and cart 6 days at 

$3.00, , . . 



$525 


00 


525 


00 


$27 


12 


4 


50 


92 


75 


18 


00 



Amount carried forward, 



%\V1 37 



2.- 



Amount brought fi 


yrwai 


*cZ, . 




. 


$142 37 


11. Clay, with horse and car 


t 10 d; 


g. at $3.50, 


35 00 


Joseph Connell, " 


1 1 


8 


i i 


3.50, 


28 00 


Charles Gorham," 


i i 


6 1-2 


i i 


3.50, 


22 75 


J. J. Mansfield, " 


i i 


13 


i i 


3.50, 


45 50 


Benjamin Jarvis, 


11 




u 


1.75, 


19 25 


a a 


3 




1 1 


1.50, 


4 50 


James B. Forsyth, 


11 




i, i 


1.75, 


19 25 


John O'Xeal, 


11 




1 1 


1.75, 


19 25 


Lawrence Smith, 


10 




i i 


1.75, 


17 50 


Asaph Evans, 


1 




i i 


1.25, 


1 25 


J. Drugan, 


2 




t i 


1.50, 


3 00 


Mr. Sullivan, 


3 




i i 


1.50, 


4 50 


Chas. Gorham, 375 loads 


gravel at 


5 cts., 


18 75 


AVm. White, 39 


i i 


i i 


1 1 


4 « 


1 56 


G. N. Littlefielcl & Co. 


, drain pipe, 


. 


6 80 


J. F. Emerson, 


i 


i i i 




. . 


5 44 


S. D. liohson, plank, 


. 


. 




. 


1 51 



Total expended, . . . $396 18 
Leaving halance in hands of Surveyor, . 128 82 

$525 00 

SOUTH DISTRICT. CEO. K. CILMAX, SURVEYOR. 

Amount apportioned, 

( ash drawn by Surveyor, 

Expended as follows : 

Paid G. K. Gilman, 65 

E. Felton Sweetser, 38 1-4 
" "for team 27 

W. Oliver, 44 3-4 

E. Gowing, 42 L-2 

S. N. Green, 21 1-4 

II. Batehelder, 1 1-2 

H. X. Oliver, 5 1-2 

team 4 1-2 

Amount carried forward \ . . . $486 93 



. 


. 


$570 00 


• 


• 


570 00 


days at $2.00, 


$130 00 


i i 


2.00, 


76 50 


i i 


1.75, 


47 25 


i i 


2.00, 


89 50 


i i 


2.00, 


85 00 


t c 


1.75, 


37 19 


. . 


1.75, 


2 62 


. i 


2.00, 


11 00 


. . 


1.75, 


7 87 



26 

Amount brought forward '., . . . *486 93 

Paid Edward Sweetser, 4 1-4 days at 1.75, 7 44 

H Brown, with team, 8 " 3 00, . 24 00 

L. Williams, " 2 12 1-2, 14 87 

M. Phillips, clearing &now, . . . 3 34 

J. P. Barker, blacksmith work. . . 7 65 

S. Bay, " " 1 00 

E. Seaver, labor on snow-plough, . . . 7 83 



Credit by proceeds of sale of stone. 

Total expended, 
Balance now in the hands of Surveyor, 



$570 00 

EAST DISTRICT. ABNEE N. BLANCHAED, SURVEYOR. 

Amount apportioned, ..... $400 00 
Cash drawn by Surveyor, .... 350 00 



s553 


06 


10 


00 


$543 


06 


26 


94 



Balance undrawn, . . $50 00 

Expended as follows : 



A. X. Blanchard, 


43 day 


s at $2.00, 


s*6 00 


' ' " for team 


32 


i i 


1.75, 


56 00 


D. S. Fairbanks, with team, 23 


t i 


3.50, 


80 50 


W. Tucker. 


20 


i . 


1.75, 


35 00 


J. Butler, 


12 1-4 


i i 


1.62 1-2, 


19 90 


a a 


15 1-2 


i i 


1.75, 


27 12 


Issachar Stowell, 


5 3-4 


t i 


1.50, 


8 62 


C. Gorham, 


6 


i i 


2.00, 


12 00 


J. B. Forsyth, 


2 1-2 


i t 


1.75, 


4 37 


Benjamin Jarv i s , 


• > 


i i 


1.75, 


5 25 


S. Mayo, 


2 


i i 


1.50, 


3 00 


P. Downing, 48 loads 


gravel at l 


> cent<. 


1 11 


D. Clayes, 146 loads 


gravel at 4 cents, 


5 84 



Amount carried forward, . . • $345 "I 



27 



Amount brought forward^ 
Paid J. Walton, blacksmith work-. 



Total expended, 

Balance in hands of Surveyor, 



WEST DISTRICT. CYRUS KIMBALL, SURV 

Amount apportioned, .... 

Cash drawn By Surveyor, . . 



Balance undrawn, . 
Expended as follows : 
Paid C. Kimball, 31 days work at i 



EY 



( 4 

a 



12 1-2 



$345 04 
2 23 



$347 27 
2 73 



|350 


00 


OB. 




$795 


00 


735 


00 



" horse and cart 42 1-2 dys. at 

\V. Sweeney. 7 days work at 

R. Barrett, 37 1-2 

I). Douglass, 2(5 3-4 

P. Reardon, 22 3-4 

A. Corbett, 25 3-1 
M. O'Connell, 25 1-4 
Simeon Parker, 19 
F. McCormick, 2 

5 
1*. Hennessey 2 
J. McLeod, 2 

P. O'Connor, 10 3-4 

6 
YV. Grant. 12 1-2 

Hero W. Nichols and horse, 20 3-4 

at $3.50 

P. J. Reagan, 15 1-4 days work at 
D. Hagerty, 5 

B. Smith, 5 1-2 






12.25 
2.00 
1.50 
1.75. 
1.50, 
1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75. 
1.75, 
1.75, 
2.00, 
1.75, 
1.50, 
1.75, 
2.50, 
1.50, 
days 

1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75, 



$60 00 

69 75 

25 00 
4 50 

74 37 

3 00 

12 25 

65 61 

4G 81 

3D 81 

45 or, 

44 18 

33 'It) 

3 50 

10 00 

3 50 

3 00 

18 81 

15 00 

18 75 

72 63 

26 60 

8 75 

9 62 



Amount carried forward , 



$653 84 



Amount brought forward , . 


*653 84 


Paid T. Flynn, 1 clays labor at 1.75, 


1 75 


M. O'Connor, 5 1-2 " 1.75 


9 62 


M. Keady, 4 " 1.75. 


7 00 


J.Welsh, 14 « 1.75. 


24 50 


J. Colter, 9 1-2 " 1.75 


16 62 


P. Connell, 8 " 1.75 


14 00 


J. Keniston, 1 '.< 1.75 


1 75 


C. Kimball, breaking out snow and repairs 


7 50 


J. McKay, 45 loads gravel at .05, 


2 25 


G. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 


18 54 


C. Kimball, steel, 5 lbs. at 20c., 


1 00 


v G. N. Littlefield & Co., tools, etc., . 


4 80 


P. Fehen, blacksmith work, 


5 93 


J. N. Eames, < w " 


2 20 


E. Mansfield & Sons, powder, . 


80 


J. S. Trowbridge & Co., powder and fuse, 


3 10 


P. O'Connor, use of drill, . 


1 12 


E. B. Burgess, 10 loads gravel at 5c, 


50 


Mrs. Slack, stone, .... 


1 50 


A. Wiley, use of drag 5 da} r s, 


1 25 


Peterson & Parker, covering stone, 


3 00 



Total expended, . 
There is therefore a balance due Cyrus Kimball; 
Surve3 r or, of . 



$782 57 



s47 57 



WOODVILLE DISTRICTS.- 

Amount apportioned, 
Cash drawn by Surveyor, 



. $735 00 

JOSEPH TUTTLE, SURVEYOR. 

$370 00 

331 46 



Balance undrawn, . 
Expended as follows : 
Paid Joseph Tuttle, 33 1-4 days labor at $1.75, 
" horse and cart 32 1-4 days at 1.75, 



$38 54 

58 17 
:)(\ 43 



Amount carried forward, . 



$114 60 



29 



Amount brought forward 



Paid James Lang, 
Charles Oliver, 
Jerry Cronan, 

John Doyle, 
James Eager, 
John Eeardon, 



37 1-4 days 
33 1-4 
12 1-4 
11 3-4 
11 3-4 
14 3-4 
1 



labor at 



285 loads gravel at 4c., 



Total expended, 



. 


$114 GO 


1.75, 


65 17 


1.75, 


58 17 


2.00, 


24 50 


1.75, 


20 56 


1.75, 


20 56 


1.00, 


14 75 


1.75, 


1 75 


• • 


11 40 



$331 46 



Mr. Tnttle reports that the above has been expended by 
streets as follows : 

Xahant street, .... 
Water " 

Franklin " 

$331 46 



$156 08 


164 


63 


10 


75 



BUILDING ORCHARD STREET. 

Special appropriation, . 

Expended as follows : 
Paid G. F. Hartshorne, surveys, plans, etc., 

Joshua AVhite, as per contract, . 

Total, .... 
Balance unexpended, 



$200 00 



9 


50 


190 


00 


$199 


50 




50 



$200 00 



30 

BUILDING COTTAGE STREET. 

Special appropriation, . . . . $500 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid GL F. Hartshorne, surveys, plans, etc., . 20 00 
Patrick Kenne} r , on account contract, . 230 00 
W. S. Greenough, Chairman Board of Se- 
lectmen, and held by him to meet the 
provisions of the contract, . ' . 250 00 



$500 00 



BUILDING SUMMER STREET. 

Special appropriation, . $400 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid G. F. Hartshorne, surveys, plans, etc., . 20 50 

W. S. Greenough, Chairman Board of Se- 
lectmen, and held by him to meet the 
provisions of the contract, . . . 379 50 



*400 00 



RAILING FOR HIGHWAYS. 

Special appropriation, ..... $500 00 

Expended under the direction of Wm. K. Perkins, as 

follows : 

Paid S. D. Hobson, for lumber, . . . ^221 37 

S. Faulkner & Son, stone and labor, . . 53 80 

Wm. Sweeney, labor, . . . . 11 37 

Mike Foley, " .... 4 38 



Amount carried forward, . . . $2i)() D2 



:',l 



Amount brought forward, 






$290 92 


'aid John Doyle, labor, 






7 00 


MikeValters, " . 






3 50 


A. Stubbs, 






24 94 


Mike Connor, 






3 50 


B. F. Abbott, 






2 00 


James Killorin, '• 






2 00 


J. O'Neal, 






2 00 


G. A. Daland, " 






8 85 


B. Randall, 






16 12 


J. W. Smallcon, for iron, 






33 75 


(i. X. Iiittlefield & Co., for iron, 




12 59 


Lead, oil and sundries, 




17 04 


CJs,e of horse, . 




3 00 


15 days labor at $3.00, 




45 00 


Railing R. lv. Bridge at Greenwood, 




17 64 


W. K. Perkins for lumber, 




1 44 


Total expended, 


$491 29 


Balance unexpended 


> 




8 71 



$500 00 

The foregoing accounts comprise those which have come 
under the immediate supervision of the Auditors during the 
year, having been taken from the Auditors' books, and put 
into a condensed form. The accounts which follow are fur- 
nished by the various Town Officers after having been prop- 
erly vouched for their correctness by the Auditors. 

The total amount of orders drawn by the Selectmen is 
12,073.72, being an excess of $136.-86 over the amount of 
appropriations, caused by the overdrawal in the Poor Depart- 
ment. The net unexpended balances in the other departments 
amount to $513.14. 

T. J. SKINNER; 
FREEMAN EMMONS, ! 
E. E. EMERSON, 



EBPOET 



OF THE 



OVERSEERS OF THE POOR, 

For the Year ending April 1st, 1876. 



Expenses at the Almshoi 


JSE. 


3 aicl Joseph Tuttle, Keeper, salary in full 


$350 00 


For grain, meal and flour, 


662 57 


groceries, .... 


552 79 


meat and fish, 


513 31 


dry goods and clothing, 


208 76 


coal, . . 


192 10 


glass, crockery and hardware, 


17 23 


labor, .... 


189 50 


boots and shoes, 


90 95 


physician's services and medicine 


3, . 41 74 


household furniture, . 


82 46 


wheelwright and blacksmith's woi 


:k, . 62 10 


repairs on buildings, . 


98 48 


building vaults, . . . 


80 00 


farming tools, . 


18 16 


harness, and repairing same, 


27 06 


field and garden seeds, 


9 13 


school books and stationery, 


16 43 


stock, . 


46 00 


ice, ...... 


17 00 


record book for vagrants, . 


9 75 


standing grass and straw, . 


44 44 


sundries, . 


48 96 


Total expenses at the almshous 


e, . $3,378 92 



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Receipts. 



Received for labor, 
" u produce. 
' k tk board, . 

Total receipts, 



Xet expense at almshouse. 



$296 11 

149 13 

81 71 



. $526 95 



. $2,851 97 



Expenses away from the Almshouse. 

Paid board and care of Nelson Sweetser, Hospital, $205 05 

" Mary E. Osborne, . . 192 86 

" Wm. C. Bryant, . . 131 57 

City of Boston for Teresa Blakely, . . 48 24 

" " Win. Hanglin, . 6 00 

" Fitchburo- for Elijah Edson, . . 149 05 

" Lawrence for Michael J. Welch, ■ . 1 25 

Supplies to Albert H. Danforth, . 2 75 

" Mrs. Thompson, . . . 11 65 

Board and care of Jane Foster, . . . 14 50 

Funeral expenses of Betsy Wilder, . 7 00 

" " Marcellus Edmunds, . 27 00 

Allowance to Mary Phipps, ... 78 00 

Physician's bill for James Kelly, . 6 50 

Mrs. Hobbs, . . 10 00 

" " J. A. Foster, . 7 00 
" " and supplies to H. W. 

Fowler, . . . 19 75 

Supplies to Lawrence Denehey, . . 22 55 

T. McLaudiff, .... 9 75 

Chas. Sweetser, . . . 3 50 

Geo. M. Ardell, ... 19 75 

John S. Mann, ... 18 00 

Mrs. Hollander, . . . 11 50 

J. J. Cummings, . . . 5 50 

Martin Donahoe, . . . . 12 40 



i - 



Amount carried forward, 



$1,021 12 



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Amount brought forward* . 
Supplies to Win. Flynn, . 
"* John Skully, . 
" " Mary Reagan, . 

" " Samuel Mayo, 

" " Susannah Ellis, 
" " James Mooney, 
Board of daughter and supplies to Barnard 

Derby, . . . . 
Wm. Newhall, board of child, . 
Mary Deering, board of child, . 
Rent and supplies to Mrs. A. L. Stowell, 
Supplies to Mrs. Geo. K. Walton, 
Supplies to Wm. O'Neil, . 
Mrs. Rebecca F. Foster, board of child, 
Sarah Nichols of Burlington, 
Ellen Duffin, of Boston, 
Town of North Reading for John Chandler 
Expenses in the case of Ann Mulloy, 
Expenses in the case of Fred Marden, (State 

pauper,) .... 

Supplies to Mrs. Bransfield, 
E. W. Wood, 
" Danl Shanahan, 

" John Haggerty, 

Mrs. R. A. Sloan, . 
Mrs. Ellen Kelly, . 
W. J. McKinley, . 
" Frank Pendle, 

" T. Mulligan, 

Funeral expenses of Patrick Tully, 
Supplies to Richard Donahoe, 
Relief to John McCarty, 
Expense of (i. W. Blaisdell at Westboro, 
Supplies to tramps, 
Removing Kelley family to N. H., 



. $1,021 


12 


11 


63 


14 


00 


6 


40 


62 


50 


52 


00 


12 
i 


50 


66 


75 


104 


00 


• 78 


00 


51 


50 


12 


22 


15 


25 


48 


00 


73 


00 


78 


00 


77 


16 


43 


08 


3 

4 


43 


6 


00 


26 


50 


8 


50 


16 


05 


288 


56 


3 


40 


5 


50 


11 


50 


14 


90 


4 


00 


. 4 


50 


! 4 


00 


3 


14 




53 


14 


40 



Total expenses away from the Almshouse, $2,243 02 



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Receipts. 



Received, City of Salem for Win. H. Batchelder 
Town of Stoneham for Mrs. Ilobbs, 
" Saugus for Charles Sweetser 

" Peabody for J. S. Mann 

1874-5, 
" Orleans, Mrs. Sloan, 1874-5 

of Geo. K. Walton for wife, 1874-5 
Estate of Ann Mnlloy, 
State for Jane Foster, . 
" II. W. Fowler, 
" Removing Kelly family, 
Town of Concord for John Chandler 

Total receipts, 
Net expense away from the Almshouse, 



$13 


00 


10 


00 


, O 


50 


23 


25 


249 


81 


14 


07 


43 


08 


6. 


00 


7 


71 


14 


40 


38 


58 


. $423 


40 


. $1,819 


62 



Recapitulation . 

The Overseers have received from 

former Board, . . . . $90 20 
Town 4,650 00 



Net expense at the Almshouse, . $2,851 97 

awav from Almshouse, 1,819 62 



$4,740 26 



$4,671 57 



Balance in Overseer's hands, 



Largesl number of inmates, 



29 



Average 



1 1 






21 1-2 
Present " " 16 

Average expense per week, .' 55 

Travelling paupers relieved, 190 



$68 67 



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Inventory of Personal Property at the Almshouse. 



Stock, .... 

Hay and grain. 

Carriages, harnesses and tools. 

Provisions, 

Household furniture, 

Miscellaneous, 

Total, 



$1,025 00 
350 00 
975 00 
325 00 
780 00 
325 00 

. $3,780 00 



Inmates of the Almshouse. 



Mr. Dan Rankin, 






74 years 


of age. 


Warren Burditt, . 






66 


i i 


James Lang, 






42 " 


i i 


James Eager, 






15 » 


i t 


Thomas G. Tuttle, 






24 " 


a 


John H. Slocomb, 






10 " 


a 


Geo. A. Burditt, 






6 • " 


i i 


Mrs. Keziah Burditt, 






64 " 


a 


Sarah Emerson, . 






84 " 


a 


Rosella Slocomb, 






33 " 


a 


Susan Burditt, 






24 " 


a 


Miss Etta W. Slocomb, 






14 « 


a 


Eulalia Slocomb, 






12 « 


a 


Margaret Ea^er, 






13 " 


a 


Juliette Eager, . 






11 " 


a 


Cora Slocomb, . 






8 " 


4 i 



There is due from the town of Orleans for Mrs. Rufus A. 
Sloan, $60.00. 

The increasing number of travelling vagrants has required 
the fitting up of an additional room in one of the outbuild- 
ings, at a cost of about thirtv dollars, which has been charged 
to the account of repairs on buildings, whilst as a sanitary 
measure, brick vaults at a cost of eighty dollars have been 
constructed. The health of the inmates has been generally 
good, but one death having occurred during the year, that 



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of a nameless waif whose home for a few days was at the 
Almshouse. The number of tramps has increased from four 
hundred and twenty-nine in 1874-5, to four hundred and 
ninety in 1875-G ; and the actual cost forlodsrinfirs and meals 
for these vagrants cannot be less than two hundred dollars. 



Respectfully submitted, 



JAMES OLIVER, ) Overseers of Poor 

DANIEL G. WALTON, } of * 

CYRUS N. WHITE, ) Wakefield. 



COLLECTOR'S STATEMENTS. 



Taxes of 1872. 
C. W. Eaton, - Collector. 

Uncollected balance, as per report last year, . $433 38 
Paid Town Treasurer, . $96 25 

Abated by Assessors, . . 337 13 

$433 38 



Taxes of 1873. 

Otis V. Waterman, - Collector.. 

Total amount assessed, as per report last year, $80,685 75 
Less errors corrected by Auditors, . . . 333 03 



Correct amount assessed as per Collector's books, $80,352 72 
Received as interest, . . . . 1,276 79 



$81,629 51 



Paid Town Treasurer \ . $77,347 81 

Abated by Assessors, . . 2,104 18 

Discounts allowed, . . 2,066 22 

Amount uncollected, . . Ill 30 



$81,629 51 



39 

Taxes of 1874. 

Otis V. Waterman, - Collector. 

Total amount assessed, ..... $79,247 83 
Received as interest, . . . . 809 67 



$80,057 50 
Paid Town Treasurer, . $72,039 61 

Abated by Assessors, . . 765 99 

Discounts allowed, . . 2,360 95 

Amount uncollected, . . 4,890 95 

$80,057 50 



Taxes of 1875. 

Otis V. Waterman, - Collector. 

Total amount assessed, ..... $59,076 58 
Received as interest, . . . . 23 30 



$59,099 88 
Paid Town Treasurer, . $40,845 34 

Abated by Assessors, . . 646 55 

Discounts allowed, . . 1,834 79 

Amount uncollected, . . 15,773 20 

$59,099 88 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



Jas. F. Emerson, Treas. in acct. with Town of Wakefield. 



DR. 

To cash balance in Treasury, 
hired on town notes, 
interest received on loans, 
release of tax deeds, 
income of Town Hall, 



.$10,689 45 
. 10,000 00 
171 11 
442 95 
415 00 
rec'd of O. V. Waterman, col. 1873-4-5, 59,577 78 



rec'd of C. W. Eaton, « 1872, . 

Francis Williams, auction'r license 1875, 
from sale of Common grass, 
rec'd from J. D. Mansfield, for druggist 

license, . 
rec'd of County Treas. for rent of Court 

room, . 

rec'd of First District Court lockup fees, 
rec'd of C. Wakefield Estate, acc't Road 

Commissioners, 
rec'd on school contingent proceeds of 

concert for music books, 
State Corporation Tax, 

" aid, ..... 

" National Bank Tax, 
W. G. Skinner, auctioneer license 1876 
State school fund, 

" armory rents, 
sale of soil and old iron, 
from County Treasurer, dog tax, 

" sale of Town History, 

Total, .... 



96 25 

2 00 
5 00 

50 00 

250 00 
82 91 

27 60 



53 


82 


. 7,395 


79 


. 1,689 


50 


. 1,026 


30 


2 


00 


298 


90 


308 


00 


2 


00 


453 


90 


21 


95 


$93,062 


21 



41 



CR. 



By cash pai 


il Selectmen's orders, 


. 




$41,094 24 


i i 


principal on loans, 


. 




10,000 00 


a 


interest 4 ' 


. 




9,084 9(5 


a 


for release deeds, 


. . 




11 00 


a 


lockup keeper (Court 


fees), . 




' 82 91 


a 


State Treas. 1-4 liquor license rec'ts. 


12 50 


a 


State aid, 


. . 




1,890 50 


14 


" tax, . 


. . 




4,580 00 


ti 


" Bank tax, 


, . 




952 42 


a 


County tax, 


. 




2,938 20 


a 


Saugus tax, 


. . 




4 75 


a 


for deeds of real estate sold to 


the 






town in payment of taxes, 


. 


303 21 


t i 


for recording at Kegis 


try of Deeds, 


6 80 


a 


Treas. Public Library 


, Flint memo- 






rial fund interest, 


. . 


. 


70 00 


balance in Treasury, 


• 


• 


21,430 72 



13,062 21 



LOAN ACCOUNT. 

Amount as per audit, March 5, 1875, 
since hired by Treasurer, 



Amount paid since March 5, 1875, 



$141,600 00 
. 10,000 00 

$151,600 00 
. 10,000 00 



Total loans, .... 8141,600 00 

Loans are now held, March 5, 1876, as follows : 

(apt. Henry Bancroft, due May 

4,-1876, .... sl0,000 00 

Bonds to bearer, 81,000 each, 

due June 1, 1876, . . 10,000 00 



Amount carried forward, 820,000 00 



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Amount brought forward, $20,000 00 
Capt. Henry Bancroft, due Jan. 

10, 1877, .... 15,000 00 

Home Savings Bank, due Oct. 

18, 1877, .... 20,000 00 

Hon. Otis Norcross, due April 

27, 1878, .... 8,000 00 

State Treasurer, due Ma}' 1, 

1879. .... 10,000 00 

State Treasurer, due May 20, 

1881, .... 19,000 00 

Bonds to bearer, $1,000 each, 

due June 1, 1881, . . 19,000 00 

Bonds to bearer, H, 000 each. 

due May 1, 1882, . . 30,000 00 



Total, . $141,600 00 



TOWN DEBT. 

Amount of Xotes and Bonds bear- 
ing interest March 5, 1876, $141,600 00 

Add interest due on Xotes and 

Bonds to Mar. 5, 1876, . . 2,554 17 

Due to individuals on account of 

State aid 90 50 

Outstanding town orders, . . 379 48 

$144,624 15 

From which deduct : 

Cash in Treasurer's hands, . . *21,430 72 

Due from State on account of State 

aid. as per return Dec. 31, '75, 1,872 00 

Tax deeds held by Treasurer, . 510 14 

Due on Tax List, 1873, . . Ill 30 

1874, . . 4,890 95 

1875, . . 15,773 20 



Amount carried forward, $44,588 31 



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Amount brought forward , $44,588 31 
Due from J. M. Catc, account of 

armory rent, . . . 92 00 



Net total debt, 

Total debt as per report last year, 
Total debt as per report this year, 

Decrease since 1875, 



$44,680 31 



$99,943 84 

106,754 54 
99,943 84 

$6,810 70 



STATE AID. 

Amount allowed various individuals for - 

year ending March 1, 1876, $1,871 00 

Balance due from Treas . , March 1,1875, 110 00 



The Treas. has paid of the above ain't, $1,890 50 
Due from Treas. to March 1, 1876, 90 50 



$1,981 00 



$1,981 00 



The amounts which have 
the following statement : 

Elizabeth R. Anderson, 
Mary V. Brown, 
Will. C. Bryant, 
Amelia A. Carter, 
Eliza X. Clifford, 
A. M. (.'handler, 
Thos. W. Coombs, 
Ada E. Cowdrey, 
E. T. Cooper, guardian, 
Mary A. Curtis, 
John Davis, 
Victor Eaton, 
Rodney Edmands, 
(). X. Gammons, 
John E. Ilolden, 
Sarah ( '. Hudson, 
Harriet E. Jones, 
Geo. II. Jackson, 
Lucinda Locke, 



been paid each person appear in 



78 


00 


52 


00 


72 


00 


48 00 


52 00 


32 


00 


9G 


00 


52 


00 


[ 


00 


90 


00 


92 


00 


.00 00 


48 


00 


26 


00 


3 


00 


54 00 


G 


00 


19 


50 


48 00 



Sarah S. Mason, 
Mary McCuire, 
Elizabeth Moses, 
Johanna Orpin, 
B. A. Osgood, guardian, 
Esther 8. Parker, 
Lucy Poland, 
Edwin W.Recd, 
John P. Ross, 
Lydia Sweetser, 
Sarah Sweetser, 
Geo. W. Townsend, 
Mary S. Wheeler, 
Geo. II. Wiley, 
John Whitford, 
Ceo. N. Whiting, 
Hiram Woodis, 



$56, 00 
52 00 
44 00 
48 00 
12 00 
44 00 
88 00 
21 00 
24 00 
52 00 
48 00 

140 00 
48 00 
78 00 
84 00 
GO 00 
54 00 

$1,890 50 



The Board of Selectmen would respectfully present to the 
town the following report upon the various matters that have 
been referred to them by vote of the town ; also a condensed 
summary of the more important matters of public interest 
upon which they have taken action during the year. 

Town History. 

At the last annual town meeting, various propositions for 
reducing the price of copies of the Town History were made 
and rejected, therefore the Board have supplied such demand 
as there has been for the book at the original prices fixed 
by vote of the town. But six copies have been sold during 
the year, leaving seven hundred and fifty-three copies on 
hand. We have no special recommendations to offer in 
regard to the disposition of this property, but trust that the 
town will take wise action thereon. 

Chestnut Street Crossing. 

In compliance with instructions from the town, able coun- 
sel were employed to defend the suit brought by the Boston 
& Maine Kail road Company to recover from the town the 
expense of erecting and maintaining the gate at the above 
named crossing, and for salary of Gate Keeper. The case 
had been fully prepared for trial by the counsel for the 
•town, who were confident of a decision in their favor, but 
the day previous to the time appointed for a hearing before 
the January term of the Superior Court for Suffolk County 
the Boston & Maine Railroad withdrew their suit. Thus 
endeth this lesson. It has been a somewhat expensive one 
to the town, but we trust not without prolit to all parties 
interested. 



45 



Lighting Town Hall. 

We were authorized, by vote of the town, to make such 
alterations in the manner of lighting the Town Hall as'seemed 
for the interest of the town, with a view to effecting a saving 
in the expense for gas. 

In October last the alteration was made by removing the 
four circles, containing fifty-one burners each, and putting in 
one centre fixture with fifty-two burners and a reflector, and 
eight new burners in the galleries, giving one hundred and 
forty-four less burners than before. During the five months 
that have elapsed since the change was made, the expense 
for gas has been $138. GO less than for the same months of 
the previous year, the Hall having been lighted nearly as 
many hours. The whole cost of the alterations was $270.66. 

Gravel Pit New Salem Street. 

The claim of Joseph Connell for additional compensation 
for land taken by the town for a Gravel Pit on New Salem 
street, was "referred to the Selectmen with discretionary 
powers," by vote of the town. On the 7th of July, 1875, a 
hearing was given to the parties interested, and after due 
consideration the Selectmen voted to allow Messrs. Connell 
and Kirk, the owners of the land, $37.50 additional compen- 
sation ; this award was accepted, and a receipt in full for all 
claims against the town on account of the above named 
Gravel Pit was given. 

Claim of Ellen Regan. 

This claim being for compensation for land taken by the 
town to widen Highland Street, was also "referred to the 
Selectmen with discretionary powers." A hearing was given 
July 7th, and the Board subsequently voted not to allow the 
claim. 

Claim of John B. Atwell. 

Article 31 of the warrant for the last annual meeting, "to 
see if the town will refund to John B. Atwell a portion of 
the taxes paid by him upon his estate on Prospect street," 



46 



was " referred to the Selectmen with discretionary power." 
The subject matter of this article has been carefully con- 
sidered by the Board, and we would respectfully report, 
that, in our opinion, the assessment made upon the estate of 
John B. Atwell on Prospect street was just and fair, and that 
the town ought not to refund any portion of the taxes 
paid by the said Atwell upon said estate. 

K. L. G. Armory. 

It will be seen by reference to the Town Reports for 
1874-5 that the Selectmen paid to Capt. J. M. Gate for rent 
of Armory for 1874, one hundred dollars more than was re- 
turned by the State. This payment (of $400) was made 
upon the supposition that the State would allow that amount. 
When it was discovered, at the beginning of the present 
municipal year, that the State had returned to the Town 
Treasurer but $300, it was mutually agreed between the 
Selectmen and Capt. Gate that the amount overpaid for 
1874 should be deducted from the amount due for rent for 
1875, and the Board feeling confident, from representations 
made to them, that the State would allow $400 for the year 
1875, paid to Gapt. Cate $300, in the expectation that the 
previous overpayment would thus be balanced. But as the 
State have finally decided to pay but $308, there now re- 
mains a balance of $92, in which sum Capt. Cate is indebted 
in the town. 

Tax Collector. 

Mr, Abel F. Hutchinson was chosen to the, office of Tax 
Collector, at the last annual town meeting, but failed to furn- 
ish a Bond for the faithful discharge of the duties of the 
office as required to do by the provisions of sec. 72, chap. 18 
of the General Statutes ; therefore the Board of Selectmen, 
on the 23d of August last, appointed Mr. Otis V. Water- 
man Collector pro tempore. Mr. Waterman furnished a sat- 
isfactory Bond and entered upon the discharge of his duties 
at once, his compensation being fixed at one per centum of 
the gross amount of the taxes collected by him. 



47 

Liquok Licenses. 

On the first of May, 1875, the License Law, so called, 
went into effect, and numerous applications were made to 
the Board for licenses to sell spirituous liquors under the 
provisions of the law, but for reasons which have seemed to 
the Board good and sufficient all such applications have been 
refused, with the exception of that of Dr. J. D. Mansfield, 
who applied for a license of the fourth class, to sell spirituous 
liquors for medicinal and mechanical purposes, which was 
granted. For this license the minimum fee of $50 was paid 
to the Town Treasurer. 

Claim of James French. 

Acting under instructions from the town, the Selectmen 
came to a mutual agreement with Mr. French that his claim 
for reimbursement for moneys paid for certain tax titles, and 
for certain expenses connected therewith, amounting to about 
$500, should be submitted tq George Wm. Phillips, Esq., as 
Referee. Hearings were had, both parties being represented 
by counsel, and the decision of the Referee was that the town 
should pay to Mr. French the sum of $185. This award is 
now pending in the Superior Court for Suffolk County on 
objections by counsel for the town. 

Water Street Bridge. 

At a town meeting held November 2d, 1875, the Board of 
Selectmen were instructed to repair the above named bridge 
and put it in a safe condition. The Board have not yet acted 
upon their instructions for the reason that we find the bridge 
to be in a safe condition and not needing repairs. In our 
opinion, the trouble, which the person who caused the article 
under which the above mentioned action was taken to be 
placed in the warrant, wishes to remedy, is wholly caused by 
obstructions in a part of the water-course situated on private 
land, and over which we have no control. 



48 

Claim of David Flanders. 

This claim, which has caused some trouble and expense, 
originated from the refusal of the Board of Engineers to 
approve a bill of Mr. Flanders for services as steward of the 
Yale Engine Company, amounting to $32. The Board of 
Selectmen having been notified by E. A. Upton, Esq., 
Attorney for Flanders, that unless the bill was paid a suit 
would be brought against the town to recover the amount, 
took the matter into consideration at the regular meeting, 
November 18th, 1875. The Board of Engineers then stated 
their reasons for refusing to approve the bill, chief among 
which was the reason that, in their opinion, Flanders had 
charged for labor which had not been performed. In com- 
pliance with the unanimous decision of the Board of Select- 
men an offer of settlement was then made through Mr. 
Upton, upon the following terms, viz. : To pay David 
Flanders twenty -live dollars in full satisfaction of his bill ; 
or, should he refuse this sum, to refer the matter in dispute 
to any three disinterested persons ; Flanders to choose one, 
ting town to choose one, and these two to choose a third, the 
decision of the three to be final. This proposition was not 
accepted, and suit was brought in the Municipal Court for 
this District. The Selectmen deeming it to be for the 
interest of the town that the suit should bs properly defended, 
and as there was not sufficient time in which to call a town 
meeting, employed Messrs. Eaton & Hamilton as counsel for 
the town. Before a decision was given by the Court, the 
counsel for the plaintiff withdrew the suit. The action has 
again been brought in the same Court ; and, as we under- 
stand, is to be tried before a jury ; but as the time set for 
trial is subsequent to the time for holding the annual town 
meeting the matter will be brought before the town for their 
action. 

Fike Engineers. 

During the progress of the before mentioned trial it was 
discovered that the Board of Engineers had been illegally 
chosen. This fact having been brought to our notice, at a 



49 

regular meeting of the Board held January 27th, Messrs. 
John W. Jenkins, Andrew J. Hutchinson and John H. 
Emerson were appointed Engineers of the Fire Department, 
to serve until May 1st, 1876, or until their successors are 
appointed. 

New Salem Street. 

The County Commissioners, together with the Selectmen, 
having viewed Xew Salem Street on the 23d of June, 1875 r 
and said County Commissioners having then and there 
accepted said street, the Selectmen, at a regular meeting held 
June 24th, 1875, voted to accept the street from the contrac- 
tor, Mr. G. W. Aborn, and to relieve him from further 
liability under his contract. The final payment to Mr. 
Aborn of $999.00 was made as follows : $940.98 being the 
unexpended balance of the original appropriation of $5,000 — 
turned over to the chairman of the Board of Selectmen by 
Richard Britton, Esq., Treasurer of the Board of Road 
Commissioners — paid June 24th, 1875, and the balance due, 
$58.02, drawn from the miscellaneous appropriation and paid 
July 1st, 1875. In compliance with a vote of the town, 
passed at a meeting held November 2d, 1875, the street was 
" closed for repairs," and so remains to the present time. 
In our opinion the best interests of the town demand that 
some action should be taken for opening the street to public 
travel and making- it safe therefor. 



Highway Department. 

In consequence of the office of Road Commissioners having 
been abolished by vote of the town at the last annual 
meeting, many of .the duties that previously devolved upon 
that Board, have been discharged by the Selectmen. At a 
special meeting of the Board, held May 1st, 1875, the amount 
raised and appropriated for repairs of highways and bridges 
($4,000) was apportioned as follow, viz. : 



50 



Centre District, . . . $840 00 (9 miles of streets. 

North " . . . 525 00 (5 " 



East « . . . 400 00 (5 

West " . . . 795 00 (8 

South " . . . 570 00 (5 

Woodviile" . . . 370 00 (4 
Reserved to pay highway bills 

of last year, . . 500 00 



a a 

a a 



Total, . . . $4,000 00 

On the same day a written notification was forwarded to 
each of the Highway Surveyors, giving the amount appor- 
tioned to his District, calling attention to the laws governing 
the expenditure of the same, and recommending that ten per 
centum of the amount be reserved to defray the expense of 
removing snow : a list of the streets assigned to each district 
was also given to the Surveyor, and blank Monthly Pay 
Rolls upon which a detailed account of all expenditures made, 
with vouchers therefor, could be kept, and the same having 
been duly sworn to before a Justice of the Peace, presented 
to the Selectmen for payment at the first regular meeting in 
each month. This system of accounts has been adhered to 
by the Surveyors, and has we think been satisfactory to all 
parties. 

Summer Street. 

Acting upon a proper petition of citizens of the town, a 
duly notified public hearing having been given, the Selectmen 
reported to the town at a meeting held November 2d, 1875, 
in favor of laving out the new town way now known as 
Summer street. This report was accepted and adopted, $400 
being appropriated to build said street. The contract for 
building the street was awarded to Messrs. E. F.' Sweetser 
and Ezra (lowing, they being the lowest bidders at $297. 
This contract is not yet fulfilled. 

Orchard Street. 

The report of the Selectmen for laying out the new town 
way now known as Orchard street having been made and 



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acted upon at the same time and in the same manner as in the 
previously mentioned ease, and $200 having been appropri- 
ated to build said street, the contract was awarded to Joshua 
White, he being the lowest bidder, at $190. This street has 
been built in a satisfactory manner and accepted from the 
contractor. 

Cottage Street. 

This street was laid out at the same time and in the same 
manner as the two previously mentioned, and $500 appro- 
priated to build it. Patrick Kcnney, being the lowest bidder, 
was awarded the contract for building the street at $349. 
The street is now in process of construction. 

Otis Street Extension. 

The Selectmen also gave a duly notified public hearing on 
Sept. 25th, 1875, to the petitioners for laying out a new 
town way over the private way now known as Otis Street 
Extension, and after due consideration, decided not to report 
in favor of laying out the street as petitioned for. 

Greenwood Street. 

On Sept. 25th, 1875, the Selectmen gave a duly notified hear- 
ing to the petitioners for widening and straightening Green- 
wood street, but, as the only plan proposed at this hearing 
for improving said street seemed to the Board so entirely 
unreasonable and uncalled for, either by the citizens of that 

7 •/ 

portion of the town (with one or two exceptions) or the pub- 
lie in general, and as any widening and straightening of tlio 
street would necessitate a large expenditure of money, the 
Board voted unanimously not to report the proposed altera- 
tions to the town. 

Article 8th, of the warrant for a town meeting held Nov. 
2d. 1875, which was referred to the Selectmen with instruc- 
tions to report at a future meeting, was as follows viz. : 
"To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to widen and 
straighten Greenwood street, giving them authority to employ 



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a Civil Engineer for that purpose, or what action they will 
take in the matter." 

In accordance with the vote of the town, the whole matter 
was again considered by the Selectmen, and we would 
respectfully offer the following 

Report : 

In our opinion the proposed widening and straightening 
of Greenwood street ought not to be made. 

Railing Dangerous Portions of the Highway. 

At the last annual town meeting $500 was appropriated 
for railing streets. This has been expended by the Board 
in railing such portions of the highways as in their judgment 
were most dangerous. For a detailed account of the expen- 
ditures in the various matters reported upon, reference 
should be made to the auditor's report. 

WM. S. GREENOUGH, ) Selectmen 
WM. K. PERKINS, \ of 

R. L. MURKLAND, ) Wakefield. 

Yfakefield, March 4, 1876. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT. 



The following was the town valuation May 1, 1875 : 

Seal Estate, . . . $3,200,030 
Personal Estate, . . 677,640 



Total valuation , . .$3,877,670 

Whole number of Polls, . 1,392 

Total tax on Polls at $2.55 each, . . . $3,549 60 

Rate of Taxation, $1.40 on $100. 
Total amount assessed, ..... $58,851 40 
State Tax, . . . $4,580 00 
County Tax, . . . 2,938 20 
Town Grant, . . . 49,100 00 
Overlay, . . . 2,233 20 

$58,851 40 

Whole number of Dwelling Houses taxed, . 1,006 

" " « Horses " . 264 

" " " Cows " . 205 

Amount of Real Estate held by religious socie- 
ties, and exempted by law from taxation, $144,500 

Respectfully Submitted, 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, ) Assessors 
DAVID PERKINS, i of 

ROBERT L. MURKLAND, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 3, 1876. 



ENGINEERS' REPORT. 



We herewith submit our Report of the Fire Department 
for the vear ending March 2d, 1876. 

Force and Condition of the Department and 

Apparatus . 

The Department consists of a Board of three Engineers 
and 132 Members divided as follows : One Hand Engine 
Company, Yale Xo. 1, 50 Men ; one Hand Engine Company, 
C. Wakefield Xo. 2, 45 men ; one Hook & Ladder Company, 
Washington Xo. 1, 25 men : one Chemical Engine Company, 
Chemical Xo. 1, 12 men; and one four-wheeled Hose Car- 
riage. All the apparatus is in good condition at the present 
time. We have added to the Department, the past year, 
two bandied feet of two-inch linen hose, which we think 
is much superior to the two and a half inch hose. 

There is at the present time belonging to the Department, 
2500 feet of leather hose in good condition, and 250 feet 
of linen hose, which is not safe for hard service, except 
the two-inch linen hose purchased the past year. 

Fires and Alarms. 

The losses during the past year have not been as heavy as 
the previous year. The Department were called out to thir- 
teen alarms, five of which were working fires. The total 
amount paid by insurance companies was $2,530. Following 
is the list of fires and alarms for the year ending March 2, 
187G: — 



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July 2. House on Melvin Street, owned by the John Caby 
estate. Loss $780. Insured for $1,900. 

July 24. House on Hart Street owned by Dr. Jordan. 
Loss $75. Insured $2,000. 

Sept. 3. Alarm caused by burning brush near Ice Houses. 

Sept. 27. Alarm from Reading. 

Dec. 3. Alarm from Stoneham. 

Jan. 18, 187G. Alarm from Stoneham. 

Jan. 21. Alarm from AYoodville, caused hy burning brush. 

Jan. 29. House corner Valley and Cottage Streets, owned 
by Win. Ellett. Loss $525. Insured $950. 

Jan. 29. Woodshed on Xahant Street, owned by Samuel 
Buckley. Loss $150. No insurance. 

Feb. 2. Alarm from Broadway. Damage slight. 

Feb. 3. House on Herbert Street, owned by Thomas Man- 
ning. Total loss. Insured $900. 

Feb. 11. House on Melvin Street, owned by E. A. Upton. 
Loss #100. No insurance. 

Feb. 19. False alarm. 

Reservoirs. 

Following is a list of Reservoirs and their location : Three 
on Main street in the centre of the town ; one on Salem 
street, one on Park street, one on Elm street, near the house 
of James Eustis, one on LoavcII street, near the Montrose 
school house, one on corner of School and Centre streets, 
(new one), one on Chestnut street, one on Albion street, 
one on the corner of Herbert and Richardson streets, oqe on 
Melvin street, (new one), one on the corner of Main and 
Oak streets, Greenwood. Also two stations to place engines 
on, tit the east side of the upper lake. Also a reservoir on 
Crescent street, near Main, belonging to James H. Carter, 
Esq., which he has given permission to use in ease of fire in 
that vicinity. 

We wish to call the attention of the town to the necessity 
of providing in some manner for an increased water supply 
for fire purposes in that part of the town west of the Boston 
& Maine Railroad, also near the Franklin street school house. 



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In closing our report, we take this occasion to tender our 
thanks to the officers and members of the Fire Department 
for the prompt and faithful manner in which they have per- 
formed all duties as firemen ; to the Board of Selectmen for 
their respect and courtesy shown the Board at all times ; also 

to the citizens for their assistance rendered the Department 
the past year. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 



J. W. JENKINS, Chief, 
A. J. HUTCHINSON, ' 
J. H. EMERSON, 



Engineers 

of the 

Fire Department. 



Wakefield, March 6, 1876. 




POLICE KEPOIIT. 



Whole number of arrests for the year ending March 1st, 
1876, was 78. 



Arrested for drunkenness, 




23 


" selling liquor, 
" assault, 




15 
9 


" capias, 

" larceny, 

" malicious mischief. 




3 
5 
3 


" bastardy, 




2 


" vagrants, 




2 


" avoiding fare, 




1 


" truancy, 

6 ' keeping dogs without lice 


use, . 


2 
9 


" insanity. 


4 


tiri\ r _iiiiu> fvnvollino* nnmyiVk: linvo lw>r 


»n ■f'm 


•r» i all o n 



lodgings by the police during the year. 



GHAKLES II. DAVIS, 

Chief of Police. 



REPORT OF APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. 



Wakefield, Mass., March 6, 187 G. 

We the undersigned, having been constituted a Committee 
to recommend certain sums to be raised and appropriated by 
the Town of Wakefield at the next annual Town Meeting, to 
be holden on Monday, April 3d, 1876, would respectfully 
recommend the following appropriations, viz : 



For payment of Town Debt, 

payment of Interest on Town Debt, . 

Support of Schools, .... 

School Contingent Expenses, 

Fire Department, .... 

Town Officers' Salaries, 

Poor Department, .... 

Repairs of Highways and Bridges, 

Completion of New Salem Street, 

Beebe Town Library — the Dog Tax now in 

the hands of the Town Treasurer, and 
Street Lamps, ..... 
Miscellaneous Expenses, . 



$5,000 00 
9,500 00 

11,500 00 
1,000 00 
4,200 00 
2,800 00 
4,500 00 
3,000 00 
500 00 

200 00 
1,200 00 
4,500 00 



Total, 



. $47<)00 00 



We would recommend thai the compensation of Enginemen 
for the year commencing May 1st, 187(1, be fixed at fifteen 
dollars, not to include services as Steward. 



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We would also recommend that the compensation of Town 

Officers for the ensuing year be fixed at the following sums, 
viz : 



Town Treasurer, 


. 


$ 50 00 


Town Clerk, . 


. 


100 00 


Selectmen, $100 each, and $100 


extra 




for Secretary, 


. 


400 00 


Board of Assessors, 


. 


400 00 


Board of Overseers of the Poor, 


. 


150 00 


Board of School Committee, 


, 


200 00 


Board of Fire Engineers, 


. 


100 00 


Board of Auditors, 


. 


100 00 


Tax Collector, for collecting Tax 


War- 




rant of 187G, 


. 


500 00 



Signed, 



JAS. F. EMERSON. 
JAMES OLIVER. 
B. W. OLIVER, 
H. H. SAVAGE. 
THOS. WINSHIP. 
WM. F. YOUNG. 
SOLON O. RICHARDSON. 
JOSEPH TUTTLE. * 
WM. K. PERKINS. 
GEO. H. TEAGUE. 
E. A. UPTON. 
S. K. HAMILTON. 
WM. S. GEEENOUGH. 



A true copy of the Report : 



W. S. GEEENOUGH, Secretary. 



BY-L.AWS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD. 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 

Middlesex ss. 

At the Superior Court, begun and holden at Cambridge, 
within and for the County of Middlesex, on the second 
Monday of December, being the fourteenth day of said 
month, Anno Domini 1874, 

The following By-Laws adopted by the Town of Wakefield, 
at a legal town-meeting, held on the twenty-seventh day of 
July, A. D. 1874, were presented to this Court for approval, 
in Vacation, to wit, on the twentieth day of October last. 

OBSTRUCTING STREETS. 

Art. 1. Xo person except the Road Commissioners in 
the lawful performance of their duties, or those acting under 
their orders, shall obstruct any sidewalk or street, or any 
part thereof, or break or dig the ground of the same, with- 
out first obtaining a written license from the Selectmen or 
Road Commissioners therefor ; and the person so licensed 
shall put and at all times keep up a suitable railing around 
the parts of any sidewalk or street so obstructed or dug up, 
as long as the same shall be unsafe or inconvenient for trav- 
elers, and shall also keep as many lighted lanterns fixed to 
such railing or fence every night from twilight in the evening 
through the whole night as the Selectmen or Road Commis- 
sioners shall direct. 



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OBSTRUCTING SIDEWALKS. 

Art. 2. Whenever any sidewalk becomes obstructed or 
made impassable by reason of the erecting or repairing of 
any building or of doing any work, the persons doing or 
causing the same to be done, shall place a good and conven- 
ient temporary walk around such obstructions. 

AWNINGS AND SIGNS. 

Art. 3. No awning or sign shall be placed or continued 
over any sidewalk unless the support and every part of such 
awning or sign shall be at least eight feet above the sidewalk, 
without the written consent of the Selectmen, which consent 
shall state the time such obstruction shall be allowed. 

DISORDERLY CONDUCT. 

Art. 4. Three or more persons shall not stand in a group 
or near to each other on any sidewalk in such a manner as to 
obstruct a free passage for foot passengers for a longer time 
than five minutes, nor after a request to move on made by 
any of the Selectmen, Constables or Police Officers of the 
Town. 

Art. 5. No person shall behave himself in a rude or 
disorderly manner, or use any indecent, profane or insulting 
language, in any public place in this town, or near any dwell- 
ing house or other building therein, or be or remain upon 
any sidewalk, or upon any doorstep or other projection from 
any house or other building, so as to annoy or disturb any 
person or obstruct any passage to the same. And every 
person so being or remaining as aforesaid, when ordered by 
any constable, police officer, watchman, or by the owner or 
occupant of any building, shall immediately peaceably de- 
part and stay away therefrom. 

DRIVING ON SIDEWALKS. 

Art. 6. Xo person shall ride or drive unnecessarily on 
any of the sidewalks of any street, nor allow his horse or 
vehicle to remain upon a sidewalk a longer time than five 



62 



minutes together, except by permission of the Road Com- 
missioners. 

INJURY TO TREES. 

Art. 7. Xo person shall tie or fasten any horse, cattle 
or team to any of the trees planted in any public highway, 
street or public lands in this town, nor drive into the same 
any nails, spikes, hooks or staples, nor affix any signs 
thereto. 

PASTURING CATTLE. 

Art. 8. Xo person shall pasture any cattle or other 
animals in any of the streets of the town with or without a 
keeper. 

OBSTRUCTING CROSS-WALKS. 

Art. 9: Xo person shall permit or suffer any horse or 
other animal, carriage or vehicle of any description, belong- 
ing to him, or under his charge, to stand or stop upon any 
cross-walk in this town for any purpose, except the taking 
up or setting down of passengers, or for a longer time than 
shall be necessary for such purpose. 

MARKET STAND*. 

Art. 10. Xo person shall stand for the purpose of 
effecting sales or for feeding of teams, upon any of the 
streets of the town, next to any private dwelling place, with 
wood, hay, produce, meat or other products of the farm for 
sale, nor near to any other building when objection is made 
by the owner or occupant thereof, provided that any such 
persons for the aforesaid purpose may occupy that portion 
of the streets next to any vacant public grounds, and that 
this by-law shall not apply to casual calls upon families 
occupying private dwellings. 

FAST DRIVING. 

Art. 11. Xo owner or person for the time being having 
the care or use of any horse or other beast of burden, car- 
riage or draught, shall ride, drive or permit the same to go 



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at a faster rate than nine miles an hour in any street, way or 
public place in this town. 

NUISANCES IN THE STREET, ETC. 

Art. 12. No person shall place, or cause to be placed 
in any public street or way of this town the contents of any 
sink, cesspool or privy, nor place any rubbish or garbage in 
the same, except for the purpose of immediate removal 
therefrom. 

Art. 13. No person shall throw a carcass of any animal 
into any of the ponds, streams or waters within the limits of 
this town, or suffer or leave any such carcass to decay on the 
surface of the ground, or to be insufficiently buried therein, 
near any building, street or public way or place. 

Art. 14. Xo person shall at any time whatsoever carry 
into or through any public street, any contents of any sink, 
cesspool or privy in any vehicle which shall not be effectu- 
ally covered and water tight, nor suffer the same to remain 
standing unnecessarily in any such street, nor remove from 
their premises the contents of any cesspool or privy between 
the hours of six o'clock in the morning and six o'clock in the 
evening, unless by the written consent of the Selectmen or 
Board of Health. 

DEFACING FENCES. ETC. 

Art. 15. No person shall make any marks, letters, or 
figures of any kind upon any wall, fence, post, tree, building, 
or structure, without the permission of the owner thereof. 

FIRE AJBMS. 

Art. 16. No person shall fire or discharge any gun, 
fowling piece, pistol, fire arm, or set fire to any materials 
known as fire works, or other combustible matter, or throw 
any such lighted fireworks in any of the streets or avenues 
of this town. 

BONFIRES. 

Art. 17. No person shall make any bonfire or other fire 
in any of the streets, avenues or public ways of this town. 



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COASTING. 



Art. 18. , Xo person shall coast in any of the streets or 
public walks of this town. 



BATHING. 



Art. 19. Xo person shall bathe or swim without personal 
covering, in any public or exposed place in this town. 



BALL PLAYING. 



Art. 20. Xo person shall throw stones or other heavy 
missiles, uor play at base ball or foot ball within any of the 
public streets or public grounds of this town without permis- 
sion of the Selectmen first obtained. 

PENALTIES. 

Art. 21. Every violation of any of the foregoing by- 
laws shall be punished by a line of not less than two dollars, 
nor more than twenty dollars, to be recovered by complaint 
before any District Court or any Trial Justice of juvenile 
offenders in the County of Middlesex. 

DISPOSAL OF PENALTIES. 

Art. 22. All penalties recovered for the violation of 
either of the foregoing by-laws shall be paid into the Treas- 
ury of the town to such use as the town, from time to time, 
shall direct. 

Special By-Laws of the Town of Wakefield, concerning 
Truant Children and Absentees from School. 

Section 1. Any minor between the ages of seven and 
fifteen years, convicted of being an habitual truant, or of 
wandering about in the streets and public places of this town 
having no lawful employment or business, not attending 
school, and growing up in ignorance, shall be committed to 
any institution of instruction or suitable situation to be pro- 
vided by the town, or provided by law, for the purpose, for 



65 



such time not exceeding" two years as the Justice or Court 
having jurisdiction may determine. Any minor so commit- 
ted may upon proof of amendment, or for other sufficient 
cause shown upon a hearing of the case, be discharged by 
such Justice or Court. 

Sect. 2. Justices of district courts, trial justices for 
juvenile offenders, and judges of probate within and for the 
County of Middlesex, shall have jurisdiction of the offences 
described in Section one. 

Sect. 3. The School Committee of the Town shall ap- 
point and fix the compensation of two or more suitable per- 
sons, to be designated as truant officers, who shall, under the 
direction of said committee, inquire into all cases arising 
under these by-laws, and shall alone be authorized, in case of 
violation thereof, to make complaint and carry into execution 
the judgment thereon. The compensation of such officers 
shall be paid from the treasury of the town. 

Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of the School Committee 
and of the Superintendent and Teachers of the public schools 
to report the names of any person or persons violating the 
provisions of these by-laws to the truant officers of the town. 

PROSECUTORS AND COMPLAINANTS. 

Art. 23. It shall be the duty of the Selectmen, Consta- 
bles, Police Officers and Watchmen, to prosecute every vio- 
lation of the foregoing by-laws, by complaint as hereinbefore 
mentioned. All prosecutions shall be commenced within 
three months of the violation of the by-law. 

And afterwards, to wit : at this present term of said 
Court, viz : on this twenty-third day of February, A. D. 
1*75, said By-Laws, being seen and understood by the 
Court, are approved. 

In testimony that the foregoing is a true copy of record, I 
hereto set my hand and affix the seal of said Superior 
Cotirfc, this thirty-first day of March, A. D. 1875. 

THEO. C. HUED, Clerk. 



6G 



List <xf Tax Deeds now held by Town Treasurer for 
non-payment of Taxes. 



Estate of 

Philip Fehen. - 
J. W. Bancroft, 
Thomas W. Coomb? 
Donald Douglass, 
A. J. Edmands, 
Rodney Edmands. 
Alson L. Marshall, 
Caroline R. Nichols. 
James Nichols, 
James French, 
\\ alcott & Young, 
John McLoud, - 

C. Wakefield, - 





Tax of 




Original Tax 


- 


- ■ 1872 


- 


$34 '27 


- 


1873 


- 


29 26 


- 


1873 


- 


57 48 


- 


1873 


- 


1G 43 


- 


1873 


- 


20 53 


- 


1873 


- 


34 49 


- 


1873 


- 


26 98 


- 


1873 


- 


104 87 


- 


1873 


- 


51 49 


- 


1873 


- 


5 97 


- 


1873 


- 


5 97 


• 


1873 


- 


15 90 


- 


1874 


- 


1(5 24 



Total, 



1874 sundry lots, 90 20 
£510 14 



THE CENSUS. 



The following interesting statistics have been kindly furnished us by 
Col. C. D. Wright, Chief of the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of 
Labor, &c. : 

Wakefield, Middlesex County, Mass. 









Compa 


rative figures 






1875. 


for 


1865 


, (So. .Reading.) 


Total Population, -. 


-. 


5.349 






3.244 


Males, 


- 


2.511 






1.494 


Females, 


- 


2.838 






1,750 


Families, 


- 


1.274 






730 


Ratable Polls, 


. 


1.379 









Legal Voters, 


- 


1.218 






643 


Naturalized Voters, 


- 


236 









Aliens, 


- 


149 






■ 


Dwelling Houses. - 


- 


1.010 






563 


Dwelling Houses occ 


upied. 


951 









Dwelling Houses unoccupied, - 


59 









INDUSTRIAL STATISTICS FOR 1875. 



Number of Manufacturing Establishments, .... 82 

(Of the above, 49 are establishments engaged in such occupations as Blacksmithiug r 
Carpentry, etc.) 



Value of goods manufactured and work done, • 
Capital invested. - 

Value of stock used, - 

Persons employed, - 

Value of buildings used for manufacturing purposes. 
'Value of average stock on hand, - 
Value of machinery, .... 



$1,302,311 
1.263.530 

539.398 

1,059 

$305,525 
499,890 
134,392 



Comparative figures from Industrial Statistics of 1865, (South Reading.) 
Value of goods manufactured and work done. • - • $735,220 

Capital Invested, ....... 303,400 

Above are Currency value; average Cold premium in 1865, 57 per cent ; in 1875,12 
per cent. 



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RECAPITULATION. 



Births registered in 1875 , 
Males, . 

Females, . 

Nativity of Parents. 
Born in Wakefield, 

Other towns in the United States, 

British Provinces 

Ireland, 

England, 

Scotland, 

Poland, 

France, 

East Indies, 



119 



• 


59 




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Fathers 


Mothers 


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8 


47 




54 


6 




11 


35 




37 


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Marriages registered in 1875, 
Widowers, . 12 



Widows, 



8 



60 



Nativity. 
Born in Wakefield, . 

Other towns in the United States, 

British Provinces, 

Ireland, 

Sweden, 



Number under 20 years of age, 
between 20 and 30, 
between 30 and 40, 
between 40 and 50, 
between 50 and 60, 

Oldest Groom, . 56 
Youngest " .19 





rooms. 


Brides. 


• • 


8 


8 


States, 


38 


36 


. . 


4 


6 


. . 


9 


8 


• 


1 


1 




Grooms. 


Brides. 




2 


6 




44 


44 




9 


8 




2 


2 




3 





Oldest Bride . 


47, 


Youngest " 


18 



80 



Deatlis registered in 1875, 



104 



Males, . dS 


Females, 


• 


48 




Average age. 29 years 2 mouths 14 days. 


Number under 5 years of a^e, . 


. 35 


between 5 and 10, 










4 


between 10 and 20, 










9 


between 20 and 30, 










7 


between 30 and 40, 










11 


between 40 and 50, 




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5 


between 50 and 60, 










3 


between 60 and 70, 










9 


between 70 aud 80, 










6 


between 80 and 90, 










8 


between 90 and 100, . 










1 


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6 



Nativity of Persons Deceased. 

Born in Wakefield, .... 

' Other towns in the United States, 
British Provinces, 
England. 
Ireland, 
Scotland, 
Sweden, 



45 
45 
2 
4 
5 
2 
1 



Dogs licensed in 1875, 

Males, . 22S 

Cash paid County Treasurer, 



Females. 



. 241 
13 

$472 80 



CHARLES F. HARTSHOENE, 

Town Cleric. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 



In presenting their annual report, the Committee take 
pleasure in saying that the interests confided to their care 
have received much attention, and are believed to be in as 
good condition as, from the means afforded them, the citizens 
of the town could well expect. 

Thej' gladly bear witness to the fidelity of the teachers, to 
the general obedience and studiousness of the scholars, and 
to a good degree of co-operation on the part of parents. 
Few difficulties have arisen during the year either from disci- 
pline, or sickness, or loss of teachers, or any other cause ; 
and progress in study has been uninterrupted. 

Grading. 

One of the difficult questions with which a School Com- 
mittee in a town like ours has to deal, relates to the grading 
of the schools. On the one hand, it is desirable to gain the 
advantage that comes from system ; and on the other, it is 
desirable to escape the evils that come from running the 
schools in one mould. The best results of education are lost, 
both when the course of education does not follow some 
defined and settled plan; and also when a plan is followed 
so closely, and with such attention to details, as to make the 
procedure mechanical and formal. 

With the increase of scholars, it is, of course, necessary to 
introduce more systematic methods, and establish more 
minute and careful grading. The risk of making the schools 
more formal — more like pieces of mechanism, which may, 



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indeed, work beautifully to the spectator, but, after all, 
result in the loss to the pupils of individuality and whole- 
some ambition — is increased thereby. The more minute the 
grading, the more uniform will . be the impression upon the 
minds of the children. The teacher, when expected to 
impart instruction upon but few things, will be likety to 
contract habits of speaking and drilling that will, uncon- 
sciously to herself, have a mechanical effect. 

The concert exercises, and the necessary confinement of 
all the scholars, to small rounds of exact duties and the 
unvarying daily routine, do have a tendency to assimilate 
minds to each other, and give a shade of truth to the remark 
that the graduates of our highest public schools resemble 
each other as closely as so many peas. It is not possible 
wholly to avoid evil effects of this nature. The number of 
scholars in public schools make it inevitable that there should 
be sj^stem more or less exact, and all must, to some extent, 
come under the system. 

The Committee, however, have endeavored to adjust, so 
far as they could, the demands made upon scholars to pecu- 
liarities of mind, and 'to the varying circumstances of the 
pupils — such as frail health, or necessary absence for various 
reasons. We are reluctant to consent to the dropping of any 
study laid down in the course of study ; yet we are not 
blind to the fact that it is better to keep a scholar in school, 
though some study be omitted, than to drive him from school 
by compelling him to go through a certain unvarying course. 
Indeed, whatever variations from the general system it seems 
wise to sanction in particular cases, we are always ready to 
approve. 

AVe also highly prize that versatility in teachers which 
enables some of them to break up monotony, and arrest the 
evil effects of mere mechanical attention to duties, by intro- 
ducing variety in exercises, and awakening, by various 
means, the curiosity and natural love of inquiry of scholars. 
The grading of our schools has, within a few vears, under- 
gone modifications. Children entering the Centre Primary 
School, Xo. 1, at the age of five, spend one year in each of 



seven schools, and at twelve reach the Advanced Grammar 
School. In the Ward schools the grading' must be very 
different. The West Ward and the Franklin Street schools 
are the only others in which more than one grade is possible, 
and these have but two. The Montrose and Xortli Ward 
schools arc large, but not large enough to be divided. 

To those persons who think highly of minute grading,* this 
will appear to involve misfortune to the scholars iif the outer 
Wards ; but the evil is not an unmixed one. If those pupils 
do not have the advantages of close grading, they do not 
sutler from the evils of it ; and, so far as our experience has 
yet gone, we find that when scholars reach the Advanced 
Grammar School, the advantage of the superior grading of 
the Centre schools, though perceptible, is not so great as it 
might be expected to be. Competent teachers in the outer 
Wards, with all the disadvantages of inferior grading, furnish 
about as good material as those of the Centre schools. 

Occasionally, a class of superior excellence will come up 
through the grades of the Centre schools, and, being large, 
and having been associated together for some time, and 
become emulous of each other, will throw into the shade, for 
the time, scholars who have come in by twos and threes from 
the outer wards ; but after a year or two real excellence finds 
its level, and at graduation little difference can be discerned. 

In the High School some option is allowed to the scholars 
in the choice of studies. Formerly, all were expected to 
pursue the same branches ; but experience has taught us 
that, as some scholars cannot become interested in, and will 
never want to pursue, certain studies, — Latin for example, — 
it is not wise to insist that they shall devote time to them. 
There are, therefore, practically, three courses of study in 
the High School — an English course, a mixed course, and a 
classical course. With the present teaching force in the 
school we have allowed scholars to choose their studies to an 
extent quite as great as is wise. The more studies, with a 
given teaching force, the less time can be spent upon each. 
Did we deem it best to employ another assistant in the school 
we could meet more fully the wish of some parents to have 



'84 

their children study only such branches as, in their view, 
would be useful. In consideration, however, of the cost of 
the High School as compared with that of other schools in 
town, we are not satisfied that it would be just to expend a 
larger sum in sustaining it. At the same time we are con- 
fident that the best interests of the school, judged "by itself, 
would be promoted should we add to the teaching force 
employed in it. 

The Schools. 

The year has been one of continued prosperity. The 
teachers have, without exception, labored diligently and 
suceessfullv. The schools are lar^e, and some of them difii- 
cult : but the Committee have found very little to reprove or 
correct. It is deemed a matter for congratulation that so 
few changes have occurred during the year.* The influence 
and the skill which experience and continuance in the same 
school oivc a teacher, are of £reat value to the school and to 
herself. The question of transferring a teacher from one 
school to another, or of promoting a teacher, sometimes 
comes before the Committee ; but it is one which, if a teacher 
is successful in the place she already fills, the}' never like to 
consider. 

At the same time, they are not unmindful of the fact that 
a teacher who has proved her fidelity and ability by years of 
successful service, has some claim to that recognition of her 
services which advancement to a more responsible post gives. 
Circumstances, however, have not, for some time past, given 
that opportunity for showing such recognition, which, were 
the teachers less permanent, would be given. WTiile, with 
so few exceptions, the teachers meet our wishes by remain- 
ing at their posts, there is opportunity neither to appoint 
teachers from without,. of whom we think well, nor to pro- 
mote those already in our service. 

One teacher whose departure from us was much regretted, 
Mis- Aljbie F. Nye. resigned her post in January. She was 
a very valuable teacher, and by her faithful labors during 
eight years as assistant in the High School, did much to 



85 



make its instruction thorough, and its influence elevating. 

She carried with her to her new sphere the sincere respect 
of the Committee, the high regard of the Principal, and the 
affection of many pupils. Her resignation was tendered in 
the middle of a term, when it would be altogether unwise to 
transfer to her place any teacher already employed, and Miss 
Eliza M. Greenwood was appointed temporarily to fill the 
vacancy. Her success, however, induced the Committee to 
continue the appointment. 

T\'e do not think it necessary to pass the schools in review, 
and point out what we might deem the special excellences or 
defects of each. Xo brief remarks would convey any very 
valuable information rea'ardin^ them. 

It is a standing regret of the teachers that so few parents 
\ isit the schools, and learn for themselves concerning the 
difficulties of which complaint is sometimes made, and 
consult with them regarding the best method of controling 
those inclined to be unruly, and awakening the ambition of 
those who are inattentive and dull. With this regret the 
Committee sympathize. It is not difficult to understand how 
it happens that parents leave the schools almost wholly to the 
teachers and the Committee ; but the evil flowing from such 
neglect is very great. Parents have no higher duty than 
that which relates to the training of their children. Teachers 
arc their assistants in this matter, and the parent and the 
teacher should have a common understanding about the 
methods to be pursued, and ends to be aimed at. 

Often does the remark reach the ear of the Committee, 
44 The teacher does not understand my boy." How should 
the teacher understand your boy? Have you ever talked 
with her about his temperament and other peculiarities? 
The child lias been under your eye from infancy. You know 
all about him — his failings and his excellences — and could, 
if you would take the time to do it, put the teacher in pos- 

rioo of points that, perhaps, the child, in his natural 
timidity, would conceal from her for years. To say nothing 
of many irritations which intercourse between parents and 
teachers would allay, it is quite certain that it would give the 



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teachers great advantage in all efforts to awaken the interest 
of the children in studies. 

Singing. 

In the wish to reduce expenses, it was determined, a year 
ago, to dispense with the services of the teacher of Music. 
Some of the Committee consented to the measure with great 
reluctance, while none wished that instruction by a special 
teacher in that branch should be permanently discontinued. 
It does not admit of doubt, that there will be serious loss if 
no such teacher is employed. The effect of the instruction 
of the former teacher, Mrs. Grover, yet remains ; but many 
of our teachers have far too little acquaintance with the best 
method of teaching music, to permit the hope that they can 
keep the schools at the point of excellence at which they now 
are. A competent teacher could be secured at considerably 
lower rates than those formerly paid ; and our conviction is 
very decided that the grant for schools the coming year 
should be sufficiently large to enable the Committee to 
employ such a teacher. 

As will be remembered by many, a highly successful 
concert, under the direction of Mrs. Grover, was given by 
several hundred scholars in the Town Hall, last summer. 

The pleasure and surprise which the attainments in music, 
of very young scholars, then occasioned, are not yet for- 
gotten ; and many families would deem it a great misfortune 
if regular instruction by a special teacher were not renewed. 

Graduation. 

The closing exercises of each class, on leaving the High 
School, are becoming more and more matters of general 
interest to the public. 

This is, of itself, excellent testimony to the valuable results 
reached by the education provided by the town. It is no 
slight proof of thoroughness in study, and acquaintance with 
good methods of expressing thoughts, that young persons of 
the age of those graduating at our High School can present 
to our intelligent people so attractive entertainments. If 
criticism and complaint regarding our schools were common — 



8" 



as, happily, they arc not — it would be a ready answer to 
them to point to the results year by year presented for the 
judgment of all capable of judging. We do not challenge 
comparisons between our High School and Academies or 

endowed schools ; and yet the actual ends attained by us are 
not inferior to those reached in man}' schools of such char- 
acter. All graduating classes are not equally large or equally 
intelligent ; but it is a matter for congratulation that every 
class is a good witness to the liberality of the town, and the 
fidelity of teachers. 

The graduating exercises of the last class Averc held in the 
Town Hall, June 80th, in the presence of a large audience. 
Rev. Wm. F. Potter, then Chairman of the School Com- 
mittee, presented the diplomas. 

GRADUATES OF 1875. 

Alice A. Alexander, Everett G. D aland, 

Clara E. Bancroft, Harry Foster, 

Julia A. Blake, Ida E. Pennell, 

Walter O. Cartwright, Walter E. Perkins, 

Ekamv E. Cutter, Susie D. Turnbull, 

George A. Tyzzer. 

School Houses. 
It was said in the last report that the condition of the 
school property was Bnch that hut little money for repairs 
would be required: and, as a matter of fact, little has been 
expended. Much attention, however, has been paid to many 
matters about and within the houses : and, in respect to most 
of the buildings, the remark made for the; past year will be 
true for the coming one. One or two of the buildings, 
however, will need the expenditure of more money than they 
required last year. The means of beating some of the rooms 
have been changed — coal stoves taking the place of those 
suitable for burning wood. The janitors have faithfully 
performed their duties, at rates considerably below those 
paid in previous years. The Committee have changed 
their method of exercising oversight over school property. 
Whereas it had been the custom to appoint one member for 



88 



each district, at the beginning of the current year a sub- 
committee was appointed to take charge of all the houses ; 
and the result has been that many things which, under the 
old system, were overlooked, have received attention and 
correction. 

Additioxal School Accommodations. 

The crowded condition of the primary school on Franidm 
street compelled the Committee to procure another apart- 
ment, and establish during the summer months a branch 
school, which was put under the charge of Miss M. Clara 
Sweetser, and afterward of Miss M. A. Wiley. With the 
return of cold weather the number of scholars decreased, and 
the two schools were reunited, but being very large two 
teachers were still employed. It has now been several years 
since this school began to be overrun with #pupils, and the 
evil has continued without abatement. Various methods of 
relief have presented themselves to the Committee. There 
is a question of locality connected with the matter. Many 
of the pupils come from that portion of the town lying west 
of the Boston & Maine Railroad, and the inquiry has been 
raised whether the interests of the people living there do not 
require a school building in their own neighborhood. 

The reasons in favor of the plan are : 

1. The crowded condition of the schools on Franklin 
street, and the primary schools in the Centre and the West 
Ward, making it necessary that additional accommodations 
should be provided somewhere. 

2. The steadily increasing population of that portion of 
the town. 

3. The distance of those families from the public school 
houses. 

4. The danger to which the children arc exposed in 
having to cross three railroad tracks, over which there arc 
not less than fifty trains daily — a danger so great as to lead 
some families to keep their children at home. 

The chief objection to the plan, and the only one that has 
suggested it. -elf to the Committee, exists in the burden of 
expense it would impose. 



89 



AVith the desire nt' ascertaining all the facts in the case, a 
sub-committee was appointed last year to examine the whole 
subject, and report. That service was performed ; and the 

committee would then have presented the report to the town, 
hut for their disinclination to advise any farther expenditure 
of money for school accommodations. The subject, however, 
has again forced itself upon us, and another sub-committee 
has been instructed to re-examine it, and their report has 
been made. The committee desire to refer the whole matter 
to the town, and having done this their own responsibility 
will be discharged. 

The facts obtained by both the committees above named 
are condensed, and stated below in brief form : 

The whole number of dwelling houses included in the 
following limits — to wit. : Boston & Maine Railroad on the 
east, Broadway on the south, Town line on the west, and 
TTcst Chestnut street on the north, is one hundred and five. 
Th'ese houses average 'two tenements in each, capable of 
holding, on an average, four people each — eight hundred 
and forty inhabitants, — representing one hundred and fifty 
scholars, one-fifth of whom arc already provided for in the 
High and Grammar schools, leaving one hundred and twenty 
scholars. By actual count, the number of children between 
four and twelve in the section described is eighty -five . 

The discrepancy in the two results is owing, doubtless, to 
the fact that some dwellings are vacant, as well as to the fact 
that all computations from the number of dwellings must be 
inexact. Yet in the prosperity all are looking for, the 
dwellings will doubtless be filled. Putting the number, 
however, at the lowest figure, it will not fall below seventy- 
five, and that seems quite too large a number to crowd into 
the different schools, or to send across railroad tracks. The 
attention of the town is invited to the subject. 

Expenses. 

Mindful of the expressed wish of the town, and fully 
perceiving its wisdom, it has been the aim of the Committee 
during the past year to keep expenditures at as low a point 
as was consistent with efficiency in the schools. In most 
respects we have been successful. 



90 



Owing to circumstances over which we had no control, and 
chiefly the sickness of Mrs. Grover, we were not able to 
manage the matter of the musical exhibition in such a way as 
to pay as much as we hoped towards the expense of the new 
singing books introduced into the schools. 

On the whole, however, it was deemed no loss that some 
of the books should be made the property of the schools ; 
and the benefit of them to the pupils has, probably-, com- 
pensated for their cost to the town, or certainly will do so. 

In one other respect the plans of retrenchment laid last 
year were not fully met. It was proposed to the Committee, 
before the last annual meeting, that the school year should 
be thirty-eight, instead of forty weeks in length. They 
assented to the proposal ; but after thoroughly considering 
all the reasons for and against the plan, its wisdom seemed 
to be doubtful, and they returned to the former arrangement. 
It has been found possible, however, to dismiss besides the 
Music teacher, two assistant teachers, and one teacher in the 
Training School, and, without diminishing salaries, to bring 
expenses within the limits prescribed. 

The Committee desire to call the attention of the town to 
the fact that the schools with two or three exceptions are 
large ; and that only teachers that are above the average in 
point of ability can be safely intrusted with them. A few 
hundred dollars saved by such reduced appropriations as 
would result in the loss of four or five of our best teachers 
would be money thrown away. A little misplaced economy 
of this sort would turn the pride we may now justly feel in 
our schools into shame. 

Inasmuch as a Committee has been appointed by the town 
in part to determine what amount of money will be needed 
for the schools the coming year, we forbear to make any 
recommendations . 

CHARLES R. BLISS, Chairman, 

HENRY D. SMITH, Secretary. 

LUCIUS BEEBE. 

CHAPLIN G. TYLER. 

GEORGE W. ABORN. 



91 



NAMES OF TEACHERS, SALARY, AND DATE OF FLECTION. 



Names of Schools. 


Teachers. 


When elected. 


Salaries. 


High, . . . . 


Melvin J. Hill, . . . 


Mar., 


1869, 


$1750per yr. 


<( 


Eliza M. Greenwood, 


Jan., 


1876, 


600 " " 


Advanced Gram'r, 


M. E. Wentworth, . . 


Mar., 


1871, 


700 " " 


Cent. Gram. Xo. 1, 


Abbie S. Perkins, . . 


Sept., 


1873, 


13 per w. 


( 1 ( ( u •) 


Ella M. Pinkham, . . 


Mar., 


1873, 


13 " " 


4 4 ( ( 4 4 O 


Lilla Means, . . . . 


Feb'y, 


1874, 


13 " " 


C't. Interme'ate, 1. 

CI ( ( 9 


< Elenora Hutchinson, > 


Jan . 


1858, 


650 per yr, 


Cent. Primary, 1, 


Francella Evans, . . . 


April, 


1862, 


11.50 w. 


(4 4 4 9 

— J 


C. Eveline Sweetser, 


Mar., 


1856, 


11. ,50 » 


West Interme'ate, 


Ella M. Dager, . . . 


Sept., 


1873, 


11.50 " 


West Primary, 


Sophie F. Hamblin, . . 


Nov., 


1868, 


11.50 " 


Franklin Intcr'ate, 


M. Annie Warren, . . 


Dec, 


1871, 


11 50 " 


" Primary, 


C Myra A. Stearns, . . 
1 A. M. Wiley, . . . 


Sept., 
Nov., 


1875, 

1875, 


9.00 " 
7.00 " 


North, . . . . 


Sara L. Thomas, 


Sept., 


1872, 


11.50 " 


East, . . . . 


Ann 11. Jvillorin, . . . 


Sept., 


1873, 


10.00 " 


4 4 


Emma L. Upham, . . 


Sept., 


1874, 


6.00 " 


Greenwood, 


Frances Hartshc rue, . . 


Sept., 


1874, 


10.00 " 


Woodville, . . 


Josie Mansfield, . . . 


Sept., 


1871, 


10.00 " 



92 



TABLE OF ATTENDANCE. 



SCHOOLS. 
1 


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to 

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O 

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. =« 

sS 
© 

99 


Number under live yearn 
of age. 


JO 

5 

>> 

£ 

o , 
S 6 

Sh 

S 
1 


High School, 


60 


58 


46 


Advanced Grammar, . 


44 


40 


92 




16 


Central Grammar, Xo. 1, . 


44 


40 


94 




7 


Central Grammar, Xo. 2, 


49 


47 


94 




2 


Central Grammar, Xo. 3, . 


47 


47 


95 




1 


Training School, Xo. 1, 


oS 


45 


92 






Training School, Xo. 2, 


61 


50 


90 






Central Primary, Xo. 1, 


46 


39 


83 






Central Primary, Xo. 2, . . . " 


49 


47 


87 






West Primary, ....... 


54 


40 


77 






West Intermediate, 


35 


28 


80 






Franklin Street Primary, 


61 


46 


90 






Franklin Street Intermediate, .... 


51 


44 


92 






North Ward, 


59 


50 


92 






East Ward, 


64 


41 


79 




1 


Woodville, 


43 


33 


69 






Greenwood, 


45 
865 


35 

730 


84 








87 




73 



Number of children between 5 and 15 years of age, May, 1875, 1013. 

The School Expenses may be found in the Town Auditors 1 Report. 

The School Calendar is not inserted because of the confusion that a 
possible change in the length of the school year would occasion. For 
the dates of the beginning of the terms the Citizen & Banner may be 
consulted. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Twenty years ago a number of gentlemen of liberal culture, 
and actuated by true public spirit, caused to be inserted in 
the town warrant an article for an appropriation for the 
establishment and maintenance of a Public Library in South 
Reading, and at the annual meeting advocated the measure 
with strong argument and convincing eloquence ; and five 
hundred dollars were granted by the Town for the beneficent 
purpose. About the same time the resources of the new 
Library were largely increased by generous donations of 
books and money from individuals and organizations. 

Our argosy thus fairly launched, entered at once upon a 
voyage of usefulness and glory, and richly freighted with the 
additions of successive years, not only flaunted its flag of 
Freedom and Intelligence on the breezes of general pros- 
perity, but through billows of bankruptcy, the squalls of 
panics, and the unwholesome calms of business stagnation, 
its worth amid prevailing fear and disaster becoming even 
more conspicuous, with ensign "still full high advanced," 
has unloaded its precious stores of knowledge and enter- 
tainment to a hungry and appreciative population. 

May our good Ship of Books, wafted by soft zephyrs, or 
blown by prosperous gales, still sail on and on through seas of 
popular favor, until in the world's Millenium it shall furl its 
sails by an Elysian shore, "whose waters are amber and 
whose sands are <rold." 

Twenty years is not a long period of time, but it has 
proved long enough to bring a generation of shouting school- 
boys forward into the front ranks of "men the workers," — 
long enough to increase the number of books in our Library 
six-fold, — long enough to cover from sight, though not from 
memory, the form of many a good and trusted friend of the 
Beebe Town Library. The survivors of that earlier company, 



94 



who in eighteen hundred and fifty-six stood sponsors for the 
infant institution, with no lack of ready recruits from another 
generation, must close up the ranks and occupy, though they 
may not fill, the vacant places, until the summons comes to 
follow, 

No events of special significance affecting the Public Library, 
have occurred during the past year, but it has continued to 
be a* centre of good influences, radiating to every part of the 
town. 

The sage remark of old Polonius, "Neither a borrower nor 
a lender be," is not highly esteemed among the friends and 
patrons of the Library. We prefer the remark of Barke, 
"He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding, doubles 
his own ; he that uses that of a superior, elevates his own to 
the stature of that he contemplates." 

To borrow still further, "Books are the true levellers. 
They give to all who will faithfully use them the society, the 
spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race. No 
matter how poor I am, no matter though the prosperous of 
my own time will not enter my obscure dwelling, if the 
Sacred Writers will enter and take up their abode under my 
roof, if Milton will cross my threshold to sing to me of Para- 
dise, and Shakespeare to open to me the worlds of imagina- 
tion, and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin to 
enrich me with his practical wisdom, I shall not pine for 
want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a 
cultivated man, though excluded from what is called the best 
society in the place where I live." 

We quote once more, and this time it shall be from the 
English Fox : "Nothing is more delightful than to lie under a 
tree, in the summer, with a book, except to lie under a tree, 
in the summer, without a book." 

A brilliant writer has lately printed a volume and devoted 
one chapter to the "Abuse of Keading," wherein is much 
wisdom, and given up another chapter to abusing Town 
Libraries, intimating that their shelves contain a small pro- 
portion of valuable and useful books, and that the youth of 
towns, to a large extent, weaken and debase their minds by 
exclusive reading of such books as "Mrs. Fauuy Firefly's 



<)5 



highly seasoned love stories for girls, and Mr. Samuel Sensa- 
tion's boy-novels, and spiced preparations of boned history, 
which are got up, like the port-wine drops of trfe confec- 
tioners, to tempt and to sell." 

In behalf of our Library, and in behalf of our people, we 
resent and repel an insinuation so unfounded. While freely 
admitting the great popularity of the story-tellers, and 
regretting that our taste is not more cultivated and refined, 
we are sure our purchasers and borrowers have exercised a 
much better and wiser discrimination than the author above 
quoted would have his readers believe. 

The Trustees recommend that two hundred dollars, in addi- 
tion to the dog-taxes, be appropriated for the maintenance of 

the Library the ensuing year. 

« 

"And here, to-day, the dead look down, 
The kings of mind again we crown ; 
We hear the sage's word : we trace 
The foot-prints of our human race. 

Here Greek and Roman find themselves 
Alive along these crowded shelves ; 
And Shakespeare treads again his stage , 
And Chaucer paints anew his age. 

As if some Pantheon's marbles broke 
Their stony trance, and lived and spoke, 
Life thrills around the alcoved hall, 
The lords of thought await our call." 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. 
HARRIET N. FLINT. 
ELIZA A. WAKEFIELD. 
EDWARD MANSFIELD. 
THOMAS WIXSHIP. 
FRANCIS P. HURD. 
GEORGE A. HARDY. 
HENRY D. SMITH. 
SOLOX O. RICHARDSON. 
AZEL AMES, Jr. 
JOHN M. GATE. 
T. E. BALCHt, Secretary. 
C. W. EATON, Treasurer. 
Wakefield, March 11, 1876. Trustees. 



96 



FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE LIBRARY. 



Beebe Town Library in account with C. W. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees. 



CR. 

By Balance from last year, 
Town appropriation. 
Dog Taxes, refunded Town by County 
Interest on Flint Fund, 
Interest on Hnrd Fund, 
Sale of Catalogues and lines received 
Sale of old papers, . 
Cash for book lost, . 
Cash from Spelling Match, 



. $71 


64 


. 200 


00 


, 383 


04 


. 70 


00 


23 


20 


i 37 


25 


2 


58 


1 


50 


. 29 


70 



$818 91 



DR. 



To cash paid for new books, . 


$416 94 


Y. E. Marsh, Librarian, 


275 00 


for repairs of books, . 


81 70 


ice urn, tray and ice, 


9 25 


covering paper, 


6 38 


bulletin board and other 




furniture, 


4 75 


express charges, . 


4 75 


labels, 


1 25 


sundries at Library. 


5 98 


Balance on hand. . 


12 91 



$818 91 



('. W. EATON, Treasurer of Trustees. 



97 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



Total number of volumes in the Library, 

Added by purchase within the year, 

Added by donation from Lucius Beebe, Esq., 

State of Massachusetts, 

Hon. D. W. Gooch, . 

John Eaton, Jr., Washington, 

Hyde Park Public Library, . 

Miss Sarah Bancroft, . 

Dr. Alexander Poole, . 

Dr. Azel Ames, Jr., 
Persons having signed the By-laws 1875-6, . 
Xo. of Accts. on which books have been charged 
books re-bound, 
discarded as worn-out, 
Whole number of books delivered, 
Decrease since last year, 
Greatest number to one account, . 
Average number delivered each day, 
Average number delivered each hour, 



5,414 

390 

52 

7 

18 

1 

1 

1 

1 

1 

77 

717 

71 

35 

27,870 

1,761 

283 

230 

46 



VICTORINE E. MARSH, Librarian. 



98 



BOOKS ADDED TO LIBRARY SINCE LAST REPORT. 



A. 



4555 

4795 

4675 

4617 

4839 

4488 

4546 

4671 

4740 

4612 

4821 

4574 

4602 

4652 

4666 

4643 

4794 

4575 

4682 

4772 

4576 

4650 

4694 

4474 

4560 

4519 

4664 

4506 

4891 

4911 

4475 

4642 

4875 

4584 

4799 

4785 

4670 

4481 

4517 



A Boy's Kingdom, or Four Years in a Cave. 

Abandoned, 

A Domestic Problem, 

A Double Story, 

A Farmer's Vacation, 

Africa, Explorations and Adventures, 

A Floating City, or the Blockade Runners, 

Afraja, or Love and Life in Norwaj 7 , 

A Garden of Women, 

A Group of Poets and their Haunts, 

A Hero of the Pen, 

Alice Neville and Riverdale, 

Alicia Warlock, 

Alice Brand, 

Alice Lorraine, 

American Evangelists, Moody and Sankey. 

American in Iceland, The 

Amongst the Maoris, 

A Mad Marriage, 

Among the Tartar Tents, 

Anecdote Biographies, Moore and Jerden, 

An Idyl of Work, 

A Nine Day's Wonder, 



Annette, 

Annals of Curious and Romantic Lives. 

Annis Warleigh's Fortunes, 

A Norseman's Pilgrimage, 

Antony Brade, 

A Marriage in High Life, 

Among my Books. Second Series. 

A Passimate Pilgrim, 

A Pastor's Recollections, 

A Paying Investment, 

A Perfect Adonis, 

A Plea for Mercy to Animals, 

A Quaker among the Indians, 

A Question of Honor, 

A Rambling Story, 

A Ramble Round the World, 



Jules Verne. 

Mrs. A. M. Diaz. 

George Macdonald. 

George E. Waring. 

C. H. Jones. 

Jules Verne. 

German of Mugge. 

Sarah Tytler. 

James A. Harrison. 

German of Werner. 

C. E. Bowen. 

Wilkie Collins. 

A. G. Riddle. 

R. D. Blackmore. 

Samuel Kneeland. 
Emelia Marryat. 
May Agnes Fleming. 
Annie Bowman. 
R. H. Stoddard. 
Lucy Larcom. 
Hamilton Aide. 
Charlotte Walsingham. 

Holme Lee. 

H. II. Boyesen. 

Robert Lowell. 

Octave Feuillet. 

J. R. Lowell. 

Henry James, Jr. 

Rev. T. G. Dashiell. 

Anna Dickinson. 

Mrs. Sidney Harris. 

Dr. Macauley. 

Thomas C. Batley. 

Christian Reid. 

Mary Cowden Clarke. 

Baron de Ilubner. 



99 



4524 

4808 
483-4 
4511 

4527 
4897 
4072 
4894 
46G1 
44G7 
4565 
4783 
4513 
4609 
4700 
4723 



4698 
4618 
4705 
4744 
4856 
4863 
4495 
4497 
4787 
4717 
4514 
4631 
4731 
4770 
4750 
4553 
4818 
4751 
4922 

4703 

485S 
4861 
4746 

4720 
4549 
4830 
4545 
458!) 



A Rose in June, 

Art in Italy, 

Asbury Twins, The 

A Simple Story, 

A Strange World, 

A Story Book for Children, 

A Summer Parish, Sabbath 

A Summer in Europe, 

At Capri, 

At the Sign of the Silver Flagon, 

Autobiography of a Man of War's 

Autobiography of a Mrs. Fleteher. 

Avillion and Other Tales, 

A Winter in Mexico, 

A Woman's Ransom, 

A Woman in Armor, 

B. 

Barbarossa and Other Tales, 

Battle of Bunker Hill, 

Battle of Gettysburg, 

Best Authors in Prose and Poetry, 

Betty's Bright Idea, 

Bessie's Trials at Boarding School, 

Berber, The, A Tale of Morocco, 

Bible Thoughts and Themes, 

Big Brother, The 

Border Lands of Insanity, 

Bread, Cheese and Kisses, 

Breakfast, Luncheon and Tea, 

Brentford Parsonage. 

Bread and Oranges, 

Brigadier Frederick, 

Books of Bridlemere, 

Brought Home, 

Buffets, 

Buffon's Natural History. 

c. 



Mrs. Oliphant. 

H. Taine. 

Sophie May. 

Mrs. Inch bald. 

Miss M. E. Bradden. 

Mrs. A. M. Diaz. 

Discourses of H. W. Beecher. 

Mary II. Wills. 

Clara Bauer. 

B. L. Farjeon. 

Bell, Lieut. C. R. Low. 

Mrs. Craik. 

Gilbert Haven. 

F. W. Robinson. 

Mary Hartwell. 



German of Heyse. 

George E, Ellis. 

2 copies. Samuel P. Bates. 

H. T. Coates. 

H. B. Stowe. 

Nora Perry. 

W. S. Mayo. 

Horatio Bonar. 

George C. Eggleston. 

Andrew Wynter. 

B. L. Farjeon. 

Mrs. Terhune. 

Miss Warner. 

Erckman Chatrien. 

G. J. Whyte Melville. 

Hesba Stretton. 

Charles H. Doe. 

4 Vols. 



Calderwood Secret, The 

Cambridge of 1776, The 

Camp-Life in Florida, 

Cartoons, 

Castle Daly, 

Castle Nowhere, 

Casella, 

Catalogue of the Hyde Park Public Library. 

Chaste as Ice and Pure as Snow, 



Virginia W. Johnson. 



Charles Ilallock. 

Margaret Preston. 

Annie Keary. 

C. F. Woolson. 

Martha Farquharson. 

Mrs. M. C. Despard. 



100 



4594 
4724 
4623 
4902 
4654 
4674 
4836 
4697 
4735 
4632 
4681 
4733 
4845 
4775 

4756 
4898 
4516 
4476 
4499 
4822 
4577 
4857 
4563 

4655 
4543 
4738 
4571 
4876 
4767 
4728 
4586 
4599 
4837 
4725 
4792 
4777 
4860 

4551 

4829 
4820 
4508 
4653 

4680 



Charley Laurel, 
Charetle. 

Chevalier de la Salle, 

Chips from a German Workshop, Vol. 4th, 

Christian Belief and Life, 

Christian Missions, 

Cleverly, 

Cookery from Experience, , 

Common-Sense Management of the Stomach 

Conquering- and to Conquer, 

Constantinople, 

Carlyng Castle, 

Courting and Farming, 

Cavaliers and Roundheads, 

D. 

Daily Thoughts, T 

Dear Lady Disdain, 

Denis Duval, 

Descent and Darwinism, 

Dialogues and Dramas, 

Discoveries and Inventions of the 19th Century, 

Dorcas Club, The 



W. H. G. Kingston. 



John S. C. Abbott. 

Max Muller. 

A. P. Peabody. 

Rev. J. H. Seelye. 

Mary R. Ilingham. 

Sara T. Paul. 

Geo. O. Drevvry. 

Mrs. Charles. 

Theophile Gautier. 

Agnes Giberne. 



Julie P. 
John G. 



Smith, 
Edgar. 



De Witt Talmage. 

Justin McCarthy. 

W. M. Thackeray. 

Oscar Schmidt. 

Lewis B. Munroe. 

Rob't Rutledge. 

Oliver Optic. 



Drifted Asunder, 
Drusie's Own Story, 



E. 



Early Kings of Norway, 

Eighth Volume of Little Classics, 

Eight Cousins, 

Eleanor's Visit, 

Elijah, the Prophet, 

Elsie's Santa Claus, 

Elsie's Womanhood, 

English Portraits, 

English Statesmen, 

English Radical Leaders, 

Epworth Singers, The 

Evangelists in the Church, 

Every Day Facts for Every Day Life. 

Every Day Religion, 

F. 



Amanda M. Douglass. 
Agnes Giberne. 

Thomas Carlyle. 

R. Johnson. 

Louisa M. Alcott. 

Joanna H. Matthews. 

Rev. W. M. Taylor. 

Joanna H. Matthews. 

Martha Farquharson. 

C. A. Sainte Beuve. 

T. W. Higgiuson. 

R. J. Hinton. 

S. W. Christophers. 

P. C. Headley. 

T. DeWittTalmage. 



Fair Puritan, The Henry W. Herbert. 

Familiar Letters of John Adams and his Wife, C. F. Adams. 

Farm Legends, Will Carleton. 

Fast Friends, J. T. Trowbridge. 

Fated to be Free, Jean Ingelow. 

File, No. 113, Emile Gaboriau. 



101 



4614 
4831 
4708 
471!) 
4.562 
4509 
4657 
4771 
4886 
4712 

4708 
4825 

4864 
4732 
4558 
4838 
4743 
4579 
478!) 
4905 
4865 
4491 
4629 
•1917 



Flag of Truce, The 

Florida, Its Scenery, Climate and History, 

Four Thousand Miles of African Travel, 

Four Years in Ashantee. 

For the King's Dues, 

Frank before Vicksburg, 

French at Home, The 

Fred and Jennie, 

French Political Leaders, 

From Jest to Earnest, 

Gr. 



Miss Warner. 
Sidney Lanier. 
A. S. Southvvorth. 

Atrnes Macdonnell. 

Harry Castleman. 

Albert Rhodes. 

Jennie M. Drinkwater. 

Edward King. 

Rev. E. P. Roe. 



Gardening for Pleasure, Peter Henderson. 

German Element in the War for American Independence, 

G. W. Greene. 
Geological Sketches, Louis Agassiz. 

Gilbert's Shadow, Hon. Mrs. Greene. 

Go-a-head, Agnes Macdonnell. 

Going West, Oliver Optic. 

Golden Tress, The from the French of Boisgobey. 

Good Luck, Paul Cobden. 

Good Hour, The Berthold Auerbach. 

Graham and I, A. H. K. 

Graziella; a Story of Italian Love, French of Lamartine. 

Great South, The Edward King. 

Green Gate, The Ernst Wichert. 

Guizot's Popular History of France, 1st and 2d vols. 

H. 



4494 
4468 

4019 
4581 
4884 
4530 
4749 
4645 
4768 
4899 
4774 
4564 
4852 
4832 
4531 
4791 
4819 
4882 



Half Hours with French Authors. 

Hagarene, 

Harper's Magazine, 

Harry Blount, 

Haunted Rooms, 

Hearts and Hands, 

Healey. A Romance. 

Heredity, 

Herbert Carter's Legacy, 

Her Dearest Foe, 

Heroes of the Arctic, 

Heroes of the Desert, 

Heroic Life. 

lliggledy Piggledy, 



E. II. 



History of Switzerland, 

History of My Friends, 

History of the Civil War in America, 

History of the United States of America, 



G. A. Lawrence. 

Duplicate Vols., 5 to 12. 

P. G. Hamerton. 

A. L. O. E. 

Christian Reid. 

French of Ribut. 

Horatio Alger. 

Mrs. Alexander. 

Fred'k Whymper. 

Miss Manning. 

Knachtbull Heogessen. 

Heinrich Zschokke. 

Emile Achard. 

Comte de Paris. 

J. A. Doyle. 



102 



4908 History of Civilization in England. 2d 

4699 Hoosier Mosaics, 

4483 Honest John Vane, 

4561 Home Recreations, 

4692 Hemes of the London Poor, 

4747 Home Pastorals, 

4879 Home Life, 

4528 Hope Meredith, 

4859 Household Elegancies, Mrs. 

4485 How to Write Clearly, 

4544 How I Managed my Husband, 

4598 How to Make a Living, 

4713 How to Live Long, 

4841 Hugh Melton, 

I. 

4843 Idolatry, 

4651 Illustrated Homes, 

4540 Indian Question, The 

4854 In Doors and Out, 

4803 Infelice, 

4477 In the Camargue, 

4597 Invasion of the Crimea, Vols. 1, 2, 3, 

4721 Impressions of London Social Life, 

4624 Improvements of Health, 

4593 Italians, The 

4679 Isuelte. 

J. 

4730 Jack's Ward, 

4521 Jeanie's Quiet Life, 

4691 Jean, a Novel, 

4641 Jettatrice, or the Veil Withdrawn, 

4501 Jessamine, 

4663 John Do-men, 

4782 John Todd, the Story of His Life, 

4765 Jolly Good Times, 

4885 Jonathan, 

K. 



volume. H. T. Buckle. 

Maurice Thompson. 

J. W. de Forest. 

William F. Gill. 

Miss Octavia Hill. 

Bayard Taylor. 

John F. W. Ware. 

Eliza Tabor. 

Jones and Mr. Williams. 

Rev. E. A. Abbott. 

George Roy. 

Geerge Carey Eggleston. 

W. W. Hall. 

Katharine King. 

Julian Hawthorne. 

F. C. Gardner. 

Francis A. Walker. 

Oliver Optic. 

Augusta Evans Wilson. 

Emily Bowles. 

A. W.Kinglake. 

E. S. Xadel. 

James Knight, M. D. 

Frances Elliot. 



Horatio Alger. 

Eliza Tabor. 

Mrs. Newman. 

Madame A. Craven. 

Mrs. Terhune. 

Julia Kavanagh. 

Told by Himself. 

P. Thorne. 

C. C. Frazer-Tytler. 



4552 
4496 
4711 

4706 
4601 
4690 
4569 
4696 



Katerfelto, a Tale of Ex-Moor, 
Keel and Saddle, 
Kingsbury Sketches, 



Lacy Diamonds, The 

Lady Anna, 

Lady Superior, The 



L. 



G. J. Whyte Melville. 

Joseph W. Revere. 

John H. Kingsbury. 



Anthony Trollope. 
Eliza F. Pollard. 
Land of the Pig-tail, from a Boy's Point of View, Benj. Clarke. 
Last Letters from Egypt, Lady Duff. Gordon. 



103 



4630 

4862 

4904 

4912 

4793 

4465 

4471 

4490 

4523 

4525 

4532 

4715 

4805 

48G6 V 

4867 

4901 

4753 

4827 

4763 

4544 

4590 

4591 

4619 

4676 

4816 

4538 

4851 

4517 

4606 

4607 
4758 

4849 
4587 
4529 
4466 
4662 
4759 
4502 
4533 
4704 
4748 
4518 
4784 
4487 
4659 



Lectures on Revivals, 

Lectures in America, 

Legends and Memories of Scotland, 

Letters and Social Aims, 

Library Notes, 

Life of S. F. B. Morse, 

" of Ezra Stiles Gannett, 

11 of Napoleon 1st, 

" on the Plains, 

11 and Works of Pestatozzi, 

" of Salmon P. Chase, 

" of Christopher Columbus, 

1 ' on the Deep, 



Rev. Edward N. Kirk. 

Rev. Charles Kingsley. 

Cora Kennedy Aitken. 

R. W. Emerson. 

Earl Russell. 

S. I. Prime. 

William C. Gannett. 

P. Lanfrey. 2 Vols. 

Gen. G. A. Custar, U. S. A. 

Herman Krusi. 

J. W. Shuckers. 

J. S. C. Abbott. 

A Memorial of Charles March. 



of Sir Henry Havelock, K. C. B., 

of Jonathan Swift, 1st Vol. 

Letters and Journals of George Ticknor 



Rev. Wm. Brock. 
John Foster. 
2 Vols. 



Lincoln, Stanton and Grant, 
Literature of Kissing, The 
Little Street Sweeper, 
Little Classics, 9th Vol., 
Little Classics, 10th Vol., 
Little Classics, 11th Vol., 
Little Classics, 12th Vol., 
Little Classics, 14th Vol., 
Little Classics, 16th Vol., 
Longevity, 

Lord Byron, and Other Sketches, 
Lovel, the Widower, 
Love Afloat, 

M. 



Maj. Evan R. Jones. 

C. C. Bombaugh. 

Rev. S. B. Halliday. 

R. Johnson. 

R. Johnson. 

R. Johnson. 

R. Johnson. 

R. Johnson. 

R. Johnson. 

John Gardner, M. D. 

Emilio Castelar. 

W. M. Thackeray. 

F. H. Sheppard. 

Sir Fred'k Pollok. 



Macready's Reminiscences, 
Madame Recamier and her Friends, 

French of Madame Lenormant 
MacMadden, Mary Murdock Mason 

Mohammed and Mohammedanism, R. Bosworth Smith 

Maid of Killeena and Other Tales, Wm. Black 

Malacca, Indo-China and China, J. Thomson 

Manfred, From the Italian of Guerrazzi 

Marguerite's Journal, 
Marjorie Daw and Other People, 
Maria Monk's Daughter, 
Marriage of Moira Fergus, 
Masque of Pandora, 
Medora Leigh, 
Melinda, the Caboceer, 
Memoirs of John Quincy Adams, 

«' Gen. Wm. T. Sherman, 



Augusta Evans Wilson. 

T. B. Aldrich. 

Mrs. L. St. John Eckel. 

William Black. 

H. W. Longfellow. 

Edited by CI' as. Mackay. 

J. A. Skertchly. 

4 Vols. C. F. Adams. 

2 Vols, by Himself. 



. 104 

4780 Memories, a Story of German Love. 

4804 Memoirs of Celebrated Women, 

4847 Memorial of Chas. Stoddard, 

4868 " Chas. G. Finney, 

4897 Memoirs of Dr. Eliphalet Nott, 

4914 Mental Philosophy, 

4766 Mice at Play, 

4873 Micheline, 

4611 Mills of the Gods, The 

4802 Miller of Silcott Mills, The 

4628 Miriam Montfort, 

4486 Mistress Judith, 

4702 Miss Angel, 

4504 Mischief's Thanksgiving, 

4736 Modern Don Quixote, The 

4482 Morality of Prohibitory Liquor Laws, 

4603 Mr. Vaughan's Heir, 
4625 Mr. Smith. 

4639 Mr. and Mrs. Falconbridge, 

4880 Mrs. Limbers Raffle. 

4883 Mrs. Hitchcock's Wedding Dress. 

Musical Composers and their Works, 

4595 My Danish Days, 

4687 ' " Heroine. 

4779 Mysterious Island, The 

4869 My Young Alcides, 

N. 

4537 Nathaniel Vaughan, 

4764 Nine Little Goslings, 

4722 Norine's Revenge, 

4918 Norman Conquest, The. 4 Vols. 

4604 Notes on Paris, 

4797 Note Book of the Bertram Family, 

4910 Notes on the Parables, 

o. 



G. P. R. James. 

by His Daughter. 

by Himself. 

C. Van Santvoord. 

William B. Carpenter. 

Neil Forest. 

Madame Eugene Bersier. 

Mrs. J. H. Twells. 

Mrs. Darrington Deslende. 

Mrs. C. A. Warfield. 

C. C. Frazer-Tytler. 

Miss Thackera}-. 

Susan Coolidge. 

Alphonse Daudet. 

W. B. Weeden. 

Frank Lee Benedict. 

Hamilton Aide. 



Sarah Tytler. 
G. W. Griffin. 

Jules Verne. 
Miss Yonge. 

Frederick Macdonald. 

Susan Coolidge. 

May Agnes Fleming. 

E. A. Freeman. 

H. Taine. 

Mrs. Charles. 

Richard Chevenix French. 



454* Oakridge, an Old-time Story, 

4635 Ocean-Born, 

4762 Odd One, The 

4677 Odd Trump, The 

4895 O'er Moor and Fen, 

4469 Old Myddletou's Money, 

4484 " House on Briar Hill, The 

4776 " Showman and Old London Fairs, 

4915 " Dramatists, The 

4916 " Poets, The 

4892* On Dangerous Ground. 



J. Emerson Smith. 

Oliver Optic. 

A. W. Mitchell Payne. 

Charlotte Walsingham. 

Marj Cecil Hay. 

Isabella G. Meredith. 

Thomas Frost. 

8 Vols. 

2 Vols. 



105 



4656 One Summer, 

4505 Only Girls, 

4470 Other People's Money, 

4658 Our Detachment, 

4855 Our Place Among Infinities, 

4878 Over the River, 

4801 Owen Gwynn's Great Work, 



Blanche Howard. 

Virginia Townsend. 

Emile Gaborian. 

Katherine King. 

R. A. Proctor. 

Rev. T.B. Thayer. 

Lady Augusta Noel. 



4(338 
4588 
4022 
4622 

4685 
4734 
4909 
4613 
4669 
4823 
4812 
3942 
4778 
4814 
4752 
4903 
4648 

4649 

4842 

4026 
4800 
4811 
4566 
4472 
4906 
4921 
4813 
4844 
4550 
4773 
4826 
4788 
4889 
4000 
4781 
4893 



Paul Massie, 

Perfect Love Caste.th Out Fear, 



Justin McCarthy. 
Katherine S. Washburn. 



Personal Reminiscences of Cornelia Knight and Thomas Raikes. 
" Recollections of the Wreck of the Ville du Havre, 

N. Weiss. 
Personal Reminiscences of O'Keefe, Kelly and Taylor. 

" Lamb, Hazlitt and Others. 
Physiology and Pathology of the Mind, Henry Maudsley. 



Piano and Song, 

Platonic Love, 

Poets and Novelists, 

Poetic Studies, 

Popular Science Monthly, Vols 

Preston Fight, 

Pretty Miss Belle w, 

Proceedings of the Lexington Centennial. 

Protection of Majorities, 

Prohibition a Failure, 



Freidrich Wieck. 

G. S. Crosby. 

George Barnett Smith. 

E. S. Phelps. 

3, 4, 5, 6. 

William Harrison Ainsworth. 
Theo. Gift. 



Q. 



Queen Man*, 

Queen of Con naught, The. 



Josiah P. Quincy. 
Dio Lewis. 

Alfred Tennyson. 



E. 



Ralph Wilton's Weird, 

Ralph and Bruno, 

Rapids of Niagara, 

Recollections and Letters of Mendelssohn, 

Recollections and Suggestions. 1813-1873 

Religion and Materialism, 

Remains of Lost Empires, The 

Reminiscences of Constable and Gillies. 

Reminiscences of Sumter and Moultrie, 

Rich Medway's Two Loves, 

Rivers Of Ice, 

Roderick Hudson, 

Romance of Missions, 

Romances and Realities, 

Rome. Finely illustrated, 

Running the Blockade, 

Round my House, 



Mrs. Alexander, 

M. Bramston. 

Miss Warner; 

Edward Devrient. 

Earl Russell. 

James Martineau, LL.D. 

P. V. N. Myers. 



Abner Doubleday. 

Celia E. Gardner. 

R. M. Ballantyne. 

H. James, Jr. 

M. A. West. 

Mrs. Amelia E. Barr. 

Francis Wey. 

W. II. Thomas. 

P. G. Hamerton. 



4877 
4848 
4479 
4828 
4824 
4541 
4806 
4600 

4850 
4572 
4489 
4846 
4716 
4583 
4739 
4761 
4539 
4881 
4627 
4754 
4667 
4729 
4689 
4840 
4760 
4833 
4520 
4786 
4718 
4596 
4684 
4480 
4796 
4512 
4515 
4557 
4665 
4726 
4701 
450:) 
4853 



106 

S. 

Sabbath Evenings at Home, 

Sabbath of the Fields, 

Sanitary Arrangements for Dwellings, 

Saved from the Sea, 

Saxon Studies, 

Sceptres and Crowns, 

Schoolmaster's Trunk, The 

Secrets of the Convent and Confessional, 

Mrs 
Secret of the Island, The 
Self-Taught Men, 
Senses and the Intellect, 
Sermons to the Clergy, 
Sermons out of Church, 
Sermons and Songs of the Christian Life, 
Seven Oaks, 
Seven to Seventeen, 
Sex in Industry, 
Shakespeare and the Bible, 
She Spake of Him, 
Sherman's Historical Raid, 
Shiftless Folks, 
Ship in the Desert, The 
Silent Witness, 
Sketches, New and Old, 
Six to Sixteen, 
Songs of Three Centuries, 
So Runs the World Away, 
Southwestern Africa, 
South Sea Whaler, 
Spain and the Spaniards, 
Sparkles from Saratoga, 
Sports that Kill, 1 

St. George and St. Michael, 
Stone Edge. A Tale. 
St. Olaves, 

Stories of the Conquests of Mexico and Peru, 
Story of Valentine and His Brother, 
Stories of Bird Life, 



Mrs. 



St. Simon's Niece, 
Sybil's Book, 
Story of the Hymns, 



Rev. H. C. Adams. 

Rev. Hugh Macmillan. 

Wm. Eassie. 

W. H. G. Kingston. 

Julian Hawthorne. 

Miss Warner. 

Mrs. A. M. Diaz. 

Julia McN. Wright. 

Jules Verne. 

Biographies for the Young. 

Alexander Baen. 

Gail Hamilton. 

Mrs. Craik. 

Rev. E. H. Sears. 

J. G. Holland. 

Veronica Gordon. 

Azel Ames, Jr. 

James Rees. 

Grattan Guinness. 

H. V. Boynton. 

Julie P. Smith. 

Joaquin Miller. 

Edmund Yates. 

Mark Twain. 

Juliana Horatia Ewing. 

Edited by J. G. Whittier. 

Mrs. A. C. Steele. 

C. J. Anderson. 

W. H. G. Kingston. 

N. L. Thieblen. 

Sophie Sparkle. 

T. De Witt Tal mage. 

George Macdonald. 

Eliza Tabor. 

Wm. Dalton. 

Mrs. Oliphant. 

Henry Berthoud. 

Frank Lee Benedict. 

Lady Barker. 

Iiezekiah Butterworth. 



T. 



4757 Tales of the Argonauts, etc., 
4780 Talcs Out of School, 



Bret Harte. 
Frank R. Stockton, 



107 



4570 

4710 
4644 
4741 
4556 
4554 
4913 
4755 
4638 
4887 
4872 
4871 
4790 
4605 
4737 
4874 
4615 
4478 
4473 
4498 
4503 
4510 



4535 

4714 
4637 
4890 
4610 

4621 
4745 
4900 
4695 

4709 



4907 
4531 
4688 
469:5 
4640 
4536 
4817 
4568 
4668 
4567 



Take a Peep, 

The Abode of Snow, 

The Better Self, < 

Theodora, a Home Story, 

The Monsters of the Deep. 

11 Romance of an Honest Woman, 

" Rei°;n of Law, 
Thirty Years in the Turkish Empire. 
Three Feathers, 

Through and Through the Tropics, 
Thrift, 

Throstlethwaitc, 
Toward the Straight Gate, 
Transatlantic Sketches, 
Travesty. Treasure Trove Series. Vol. 2 
True Order of Studies, 
Two by Tricks, 

Ten Years with Spiritual Mediums, 
The Law and the Lady, 

" Perfect Life, 

" Percys, 



Paul Cobden. 

Andrew Wilson. 

J. H. Friswell. 

Phebe T. McKeen. 

Victor Cherbuliez. 
Duke of Argyll. 

William Black. 
Frank Vincent. 
Samuel Smiles. 

Susan Morley. 
E. F. Burr. 

H. James, Jr. 



Thomas Hill. 

Edmund Yates. 

F. G. Fairfield. 

Wilkie Collins. 

William Ellery Channing. 

Mrs. Prentiss. 



Bush-Rangers, or Adventures in Australia. 



u. 

Under the Southern Cross. 

" Storks' Nest, 
Unseen Universe, The. 

" World and Other Essays, 
Urbane and His Friends, 

V. 

Victor La Tourette, 
Victorian Poets, 
Victor and Vanquished, 
Volume 1st of Satchel Series. 
Volume 2d of Satchel Series. 

w. 

Wagner's Chemical Technology. 

Washington Outside and Inside, 

Way We Live Now, The 

Ward or Wife. 

Walter's Word, 

We and Our Neighbors, 

West India Pickles, 

What Might Have Been Expected, 

What we saw in Australia, 

'White Rose of Langley, 



German of Katsch. 

John Fiske. 
Mrs. Prentiss. 



by a Broad Churchman. 

C. E. Stedman. 

Mary Cecil Hay. 



G. A. Townsend. 
Anthony Trollope. 

James Payne. 

H. B. Stowe. 

• W. P. Tallboys. 

Frank R. Stockton. 

Rosamund and Florence Hill. 

Emily Sarah Holt. 



2 copies, 



108 



4592 


Whip and Spur, 


George E. Waring 


4888 


White Conquest, 


Hepworth Dixon 


4686 


White Ladies, 


Mrs. Oliphant. 


4742 


Wild Hyacinth, 


Mrs. Randolph 


4559 


With a Stout Heart, 


Mrs. Sale Barker 


4678 


Within an Ace, 


Mrs. C. Jenkin 


4727 


Wonders of the Physical World. 




4647 


Wolf-Run, 


Elijah Kellogg, 


4636 


Woods and Seasons of New England, 


Wilson Flagg 


4919 


Works of Samuel Johnson, 2 Vols. 




4616 


Wreck of the Chancellor, 


Jules Verne, 


4646 


Wyncote, 


Mrs. T. Erskine, 


4835 


Winter Sunshine, 


John Burroughs 


4492 


Wilson's Tales of the Borders of Scotland, 


12 Vols. 


4507 


William Henry and His Friends, 

Y. 


Mrs. A. M. Diaz, 


4578 


Yacht Club, The 


Oliver Optic, 


4809 


Years that are Told, 


Rose Porter, 


4580 


Young Outlaws, 


Paul Cobden, 


4769 


Young Surveyor, 


J. T. Trowbridge, 


4920 


Young's Night Thoughts. 






AUDITORS' CERTIFICATE OF EXAMINATION. 



The Auditors in fulfillment of their duties, herewith pre- 
sent to the Town the reports of the various Town Officers, and 
would certify that they have examined the accounts of such 
officers as have had charge of expenditures or collections of 
moneys, and find them correct and properly vouched for. 



(Signed) 



T. J. SKINNER, 

FREEMAN EMMONS, $ Auditors. 

E. E. EMERSON, 



INDEX. 



Appropriations, List of, 

Appropriation Committee's Report 

Assessors' Report, 

Auditors 1 Certificate of Examination, 

Auditors' Report, 

Barnes' Case vs. Town, 

Births, 

By-Laws, 

Census, 

Collectors' Statements, 

Countj' Tax (in Treasurer's Report) , 

Deaths, 

Engineers' Report, 

Fire Department Expenses 

Highways and Bridges, 

Jurors' List, 

Library Finances, 

Loan Account, 

Marriages, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

New Books in Library, 

Overseers of Poor Report, 

Police Report, 

Reservoirs, 

Salaries of Town Officers, 

School Committee's Report, 

School Expenses, 

School Contingent, 

Selectmen's Report, 

State Aid, 

State Tax (in Treasurer's Report) 

Street Lamps, 

Support of Poor, 

Tax Deeds, List of, 

Town Clerk's Report, 

Town Debt, 

Town Officers, . . 

Treasurer's Report, 

Trustees of Library Report, 



Page, 

6 

58 

53 

109 

6 

18 
73 
60 
66 
38 
41 
76 
54 
12 
22 
5 

17 and 96 

41 

68 

18 

98 

32 

57 

15 

15 

81 

7 

9 

44 

43 

41 

17 

1 and 32 

66 

67 and 79 

42 

3 

40 

93 






THE SIXTY-FIFTH 



Annual Report 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING MARCH 1, 1877, 

CONTAINING REPORTS OF THE 

Auditors, Selectmen, Assessors, Overseers of 

the Poor, Treasurer, Collector, Fire 

Engineers, School Committee, and 

Library Trustees. 

ALSO, 
THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD OF THE 

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS,. 

DURING THE YEAR 1876. 



WAKEFIELD : 
W. H. TWOMBLY, PRINTER, WAKEFIELD'S BLOCK. 

I8 77 . 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1876-7. 



Selectmen. 
JAMES OLIVER, Chairman, 



R. L. MURKLAND, Secretary, 



B. B. BURBANK. 



Town Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Town Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON 



JAMES OLIVER, 
GYRUS N. WHITE, 



Assessors. 
DAVID PERKINS, DAVID BATCHELDER. 



Overseers of the Poor. 
B. W. OLIVER, 



IRA WILEY, Jr. 



School Committee. 
CHARLES R. BLISS, Chairman, . 
S. K. HAMILTON, Secretary and Treasurer, 
GEORGE W. ABORN, . 
HENRY D. SMITH,* . 
LUCIUS BEEBE, . 
CHAPLIN G. TYLER, f . 
CHARLES KEYSER, 
THEODORE E. BALCH, 

*Died April 15, 1876. Charles Keyser chosen to fill vacancy, 
t Resigned. T. E. Balcb chosen to fill vacancy. 



Terra 


E 


spires 


1879 


i i 




4 t 


1879 


« i 




i I 


1878 


t i 




44 


1878 


< i 




(( 


1877 


i i 




4 4 


1877 


1 1 




4 4 


1877 


4 4 




4 4 


1877 



T. J. SKINNER, 



Auditors. 
W, S. GREENOUGH, 



E. E. EMERSON 



Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BRITTON. 



Fence Viewers. 
DAVID PERKINS, R. L. MURKLAND, RICHARD BRITTON. 



Trustees of the Beebe Public Library. 



btTCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, 
CHESTER W. EATON, Treasurer, 
THOMAS WINSIIIP, 
EDWARD MANSFIELD, 
THEODORE E. BALCH, Secretary, 
ELIZA A. WAKEFIELD, 
HARRIET N. FLINT, 



S. O. RICHARDSON, 
F. P. HURD, 
GEORGE L. KILGORE. 
JOHN M. CATE, 
AZEL AMES, Jr., 
HENRY D. SMITH. 



Highway Surveyors. 



JOHN H. PERKINS, 
E. GOWIXG, . 
L. B. EATOX, 
C. H. DERBY, 
CYRUS KIMBALL, 
JOSHUA PERHAM, 



Centre Districts 

North 

South 

East 
West 

Woodville 



Board of Health, 
S. O. RICHARDSOX, JOHX R. MANSFIELD, J. P. TUCKEIL 



Engineers of Fire Department. 



E. H. WALTON, Chief, 



DANIEL CAREY, 



II. L. DAY 



Constables. 
C. H. DAYIS, 



C. X. WHITE, Secretary 



O. WALTON, 2/L 



Police Officers. 
DANIEL CAREY, Chief, MOSES STAPLES, H. D. HOYT, 

THOMAS GOULD, THOMAS BARBER, R. L. COOPER, 

F. G. COKER, JOSEPH TUTTLE, JOHX DRUGAX. 

ISAAC F. SHELDON, WM. G. SKINNER, 2nd. 



Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 
GEORGE W. ABORN, GEORGE M. HALL, A. A. MANSFIELD. 



Pound Keeper. 
JOHX B. ATWELL. 



Measurers of Wood. 
RICHARD BRITTOX, JOSHUA WALTOX, A. J. HUTCHIXSOX, 
A. A. MANSFIELD, HEXRY" CLAY", B. F. ABBOTT, 

JOSEPH TUTTLE, M. C. EYAXS. 



Surveyors of Lumber. 
HENRY CLAY/, GEORGE II. TEAGUE, H. D. HOYT, 

II. M. RIDEOUT, HENRY L. HASKELL, B. F. ABBOTT:. 



Truant Officers. 
' WM. G. SKINNER, DANIEL CAREY. 



THOMAS HICKS, 



Field Drivers. 
JOSHUA PERHAM. 
ISAAC E. GREEN. 



W. II. GOULD, 



List of Jurors 



Accepted by the Towjst, Nov. 7, 187 G, 



Abbott, Beuj. F. 
Abbott, George 
Atwell, John 
Britton, Richard 
Bickford, Chas. F. 
Batchelder, David 
Burbank, B. B. 
Beebe, Cyrus G. 
Batch, T. E. 
Burgess, E. B. 
Bridger, Wm. J. 
Cooper, R. L. 
Carey, Daniel 
Currier, H. P. 
Day, Hosea L. 
Eaton, Levi B. 
Emmons, Dimon T. 
Gilman, Geo. K.. 
Green, Thomas 
Gove, M. W. 
PIo«:an, John 
Haskell, Henry L. 
Hartshorue, Chas. F. 
Ilartshorne, Wm. H. 
Kendrick, Rufus 
Killoran, James 
.Mason, David P. 
Mansfield, J. J. 
Mo ran, John 



McMahan, Thomas 
Nichols, Hero W. 
Niles, Chas. E. 
Newman, J. H. 
Oliver, James 
O'Hea, Bartholomew 
Perkins, David 
Philpot, Cyrus A. 
Perkins, Wm. K. 
Pitman, L. J. 
Putney, S. J. 
Parker, Sam'l, Jr. 
Pratt, B. C. 
Peed, Washington 
Sheldon, I. F. 
Skinner, Wm. G. 
Sweetser, Jewett B. 
Sweetscr, E. F. 
Stout, Richard S. 
Tuttle, Jas. 
Teague, Geo. H. 
Walton, Oliver, 2d 
Walton, Solon 
Walton, J. C. W. 
Westgate, James 
Will iam s , Fran cis 
Woodward, J. F. 
Young, Wm. F. 
Upham, E. S. 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1876-7. 



For Support of Schools, .... 

School Contingent Fund, 

Furnishing Xew Room in Hio;h School 

Building, ..... 

Support of the Poor, 

" " Fire Department, 

Highways and Bridges, 

Payment of Town Officers, 

Expense of Street Lamps, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

a a e id i r t -i S including dog 

bupport or Public Library < , or7 ~ n & *,?„ 
11 J I 187o-b, $4o8 

Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, 

Publishing Valuation List, 

Re-furnishing Yale Engine House, 

Fourth of July Celebration, 

Building Emerson Street, 

" Beacon " 

" Charles " 
Water street Bridge (near J. Moran's) 
Claim of James French, 
Bird Houses, ... 



$12,000 00 
1,000 00 

700 00 
4,500 00 
4,200 00 
3,500 00 
2,800 00 
1,000 00 
5,200 00 

to } 653 90 

100 00 
400 00 
100 00 
600 00 
250 00 
400 00 
300 00 

50 00 
300 00 

30 00 



Total Appropriations, Selectmen's Department, $38,083 90 
For Payment of Town Debt, 5,000 00 

" " " Interest on do. 9,500 00 



Total Treasurer's Department. 
Total, 



. $14,500 00 
$52,583 90 



SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 

Regular Appropriation, 

Rec'd from Mass. State fund 1875, 
" " " " " 1876, . 
" Interest on same, 
" Tuition, ..... 



. $12,000 00 

298 90 

255 56 

10 79 

10 00' 



Total 


, • . . 


. $12,575 25- 


Expended as follows : 






Teachers' Salaries. 




[ Melvin J. Hill, 


High School, . 


$1,750 00 


Eliza M. Greenwood, 


Asst. do. 


637 50 


M. E. Wentworth, 


Advanced Grammai 


760 00 


Abbie S. Perkins, 


First " 


552 50 


Ella M. Pinkham, 


Second ' * 


247 00 


Sara L. Thomas, 


a a 


282 00 


Lilla M. Means, 


Third, 


151 67 


M. Annie Warren, 


a a 


348 00 


Elenora Hutchinson, 


Training School, 


690 63 


Alice Alexander, 


a a 


145 50 


Susie D. Turnbull, 


a a 


40 50 


Xellie A. Miller, 


a a 


34 50 


Susan E. Barker, 


a n 


33 50 


Clara E. Bancroft, 


a a 


6 00 


C. Eveline Sweetser, 


Ctr. Intermediate, 


132 25 


Francella M. Evans, 


First Primary, 


218 50 


Myra A. Stearns, 


it a 


235 00 


C. Eveline Sweetser, 


Second ' ' 


356 20 


M. I. Hersey, 


a a 


115 00 


M. Annie Warren, 


Franklin Int. 


155 25 


Susie 1). Turnbull, 


a a 


290 00 


Alice M. Wiley, 


" Primary, 


63 00 


Myra A. Stearns, 


it n 


181 00 


Ei nma L. Upham, 


a a 


235 00 


Sara L. Thomas, 


North District, 


241 50 


Francella M. Evans, 


a a 


270 26 



Amount carried forward, 



:,172 26 



8 



Amount brought forward , . 
Paid Frannie L. Hartskorne, South District, 
Sophie F. Hambliu, West Int., 



Ella M. Dager, 
L. J. Mansfield, 
Annie R. Killoran, 
Emma L. Upham, 
L. J. Mansfield, 
Alice M. Wiley, 
Nellie A. Miller, 
Hattie E . Pe rkin s , 
George F. Wilson, 



' ' Primary , 
East District, 

a a 

Woodville, 

West Dist. 1 week, 
Centre ' k 1-2 " 
Music Teuchcr, 



$8,172 26 

441 2;") 

477 25 

233 50 

24G 75 

436 75 

114 00 

210 00 

235 00 

11 50 

5 00 

281 75 



Total Salaries, 


$10,865 01 


Janitors' Services. 




id Win. H. Wiley, 


High School Buildii 


ig, 8231 67 


A. F. Hutchinson, 


Centre District, 


201 03 


James E. Buckley, 


Franklin Street, 


82 00 


Henry Phelps, 


Xorth District, 


39 00 


Isaac F. Sheldon, 


South " 


51 00 


Jonas Cowdrey, 


West " 


82 00 


George H. Wiley, 


East " 


59 20 


E. Butterfield, 


Woodville, 


36 25 



Total, 

Fuel Account. 
Paid Geo. W. Aborn for fuel as follows, viz, 
30 tons Furnace Coal at $6.99, 
10 " Egg " " 7.50, 

1 " Coal " 8.50, 

1 " " « 9,00, 

Basketing do., 

42 cords Oak Wood at $7.94, 
15 " Pine " " 5.90, 

4 " Wood " 10.00, 

1 << " "8.50, 

Amount carried forward, 



782 15 



$209 


70 


75 


00 


8 


50 


9 


00 


7 


50 


333 


48 


88 


50 


40 


00 


8 


50 



$780 18 



$780 


18 


29 


75 


9 


44 




24 



9 



Amount brought forward, . 
3 6-8 cords of Wood, . 
Sawing and Housing, .... 

Measuring, ...... 

Total for fuel, . . . $819 61 

Preparing Fuel. 

Paid Asaph Evans, . . . $38 99 

Moses G. Hobson, . . . 12 66 

Michael Madden, . . . 21 00 

» 

Jamos E. Buckley, . . . 2 50 

Isaac F. Sheldon, . . . 2 00 

Win. H. Wiley, ... 3 33 



Total for preparing, . . 80 48 



$900 09 



Incidental Expense. 

Paid Wm. Picker, Pent of School Room, . $28 00 



Recapitulation. 

Appropriation brought forward, $12,575 25 
Expended : 

Teachers' Salaries, . $10,865 01 

Janitors' Services, . 782 15 

Fuel Account, . 900 09 

Incidental, . 28 00 

$12, 575 25 



10 



SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND. 

Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid W. H. Twoinbly, printing, &c. 

S. B. Dearborn, " 

C. P. Foster, books and stationery, 

R. L. Murkland, 

S. K. Hamilton, Sec'y, " 

Amer. Baptist Pub. Soc'y, 

Doane & Greenough, 

H. M. Rideout, 

M. J. Hill, decorations and chemicals, 

Thompson, Brown & Co., maps, 

Citizens' Gas Light Co., gas, 

J. G. McLeod, 



ink, 

taking census, 



W. A. Hambiin, 
Staples & Teague, 
Bacon & Sweetser, 
M. C. Taylor, 
John Purington, 
¥m. H. Shea, 
G. C. McKenzie, 
John Wiley, 2d, 
J. McKnight, 
G. X. Littlefield & Co. 
Z. F. Fairbanks, 
Geo. W. Aborn, 
I. F. Sheldon, 
Charles Hart, 
Hero W. Nichols, 
Jonas Cowdrey, 
.Mrs. E. Gihon, 
Mis. Freeby, 
Geo. H. Teague, 
J. A. Swasey, 
,}. L. Hammett, 



repairs. 



\ 



labor, 



clean in a*, . 

t i 

repairing gong, 

blackboards. 

sundries, 



$1,000 00 

$58 87 

14 75 
62 87 
02 58 

7 71 

8 89 

15 00 

40 00 

4 30 

3 GO 

5 85 
222 94 

16 75 
13 82 

41 31 
33 00 
60 12 
13 20 

4 00 

2 00 
9 00 

37 97 
9 08 

5 00 
4 55 

10 20 

75 

1 50 

(> 00 

(> 50 

6 00 
200 60 

3 65 



Amount carried forward 



1992 36 



11 



Amount brought forward . 
Paid L. F. Linnell, expressing, 

Total expenditures, 
Balance unexpended, 



$992 3G 
1 70 


$994 06 
5 94 


$1000 00 



NEW SCHOOL ROOM IN HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING. 



Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 

Paid J. A. Swasey, 
A. G. Whitcomb, 
Franklin Foundry Co., 
Frye, Phipps & Co. 
(i. C. McKenzic, 
F. S. Shaw, 
1). P. Mason, 
M. C. Taylor, 
J. B. Wiley, 
(ieo. W. Aborn, 
J. II. Eaton, 
(ieo. II. Teague, 



$700 00 



blackboards, 


. 


$55 00 


furniture, 


. 


326 80 


., stove and repairs, 


157 83 


fixtures, 


• 


1 34 


clock, 


• 


8 00 


shades and fixtures, 


. 


19 87 


labor, 


. 


3 00 


t i 


. 


97 50 


1 1 


. 


3 75 


teaming, 


. 


2 25 


expressing, 


. 


65 


labor, 


. 


16 85 



Total Expenditures, 
Balance unexpended, 



$692 84 
7 16 



$700 00 



12 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Appropriation authorized . 
Expended as follows : 



$4,200 00 



Yale Exgixe Company, Xo. 1. 

Paid Fireman's Services to May 1st, 1876, 

David Flanders, Steward's services, 

Geo. H, Sweetser, " " 

J. F. Emerson, Record Book, 

F. G. Coker, Treas., side ropes, 
Citizens' Gas Lio-ht Co., o-as, 



Geo. W; Aborn, 
A. W. Mitchell, 
Andrew Young, 
H. X. TTinslow, 
Hunneman & Co., 
J. & S. Winship, 
G. X. Littlefield & Co., 
Chas. L. Jones, 
Israel A. Parsons, 
A. J. Hutchinson, 
Andrew Goodwin, 
F. S. Shaw, 
C. E. Trio-am 

Total, . 



fuel, 

badges, 

use of horses, 

teaming, 

repairs, 



labor and sundries 

fixtures, 

mugs and spoons. 



$1,250 00 

37 72 

37 25 

4 25 



3 75 



5G 25 

4 75 
5G 25 

5 00 
11 00 
62 00 

6 50 
69 55 

2 00 
1 55 

11 85 
8 00 
4 72 

11 00 



$1,643 39 



C. Wakefield Engine Company, Xo. 2. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1876, 

Lewis Foo-o- Steward's services, 

Geo. I. Oliver, " 

J. J. Mansfield, use of horses, 

For rent of land, .... 

G. X. Littlefield & Co., sundries. 
Holmes & Sanford, " 

Total 



S997 91 



23 


50 


8 


75 


10 


00 


5 


00 


1 


25 


3 


88 


$1,050 


29 



13 



Chemical Engine Company, Xo. 1. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1876, 



Oscar Hutchinson, 

J. J. Mansfield, 

E. H. Brabrook, 

B. F. Brown, 

B. F. Abbott, 

G. W. Kendall, 

H. X. Winslow, 

J. J. Mansfield, " 

G. X". Littlefield <fc Co., sundries, 

Moses Staples, labor, 

Total, 



rent, . 
fuel, . 

table and chairs, 
painting, 
chemicals, 
springs, 
teaming, 



$300 00 



37 


50 


4 


12 


7 


60 


20 


00 


3 


00 


11 


00 


10 


50 


4 


00 


O 


25 


4 


78 



$405 75 



Washington Hook & Ladder Company, Xo. 1. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1876, 
John M. Cate, rent, 

A. W. Mitchell, badges, 

Citizens' Gas Light Co., gas, 
Doane & Greenough, Record Book, 
H. X. TVinslow, teaming, 

John H. Perkins, use of horses, 

labor and sundries 

labor, . 

repairs, 

burners, 



Andrew Goodwin, 
Israel A. Parsons, 
G. X. Littlefield & Co. 
A. J. Hutchinson, 



165 


00 


22 


50 


10 


80 


2 


50 




75 


11 


00 


7 


41 


4 


50 




50 




50 



Total, 

Other Expenses in the Department. 

labor on Reservoirs, 



$787 90 






i i 

i i 



Paid A. J. Hutchinson, 
A. C. Perkins, 
Bernard Smith, 
W. G. Skinner, posting bills, 

W. H. Twombly, printing, advertising, &c, 

Amount carried forward . . • 



$8 


00 


5 


50 




75 


1 


50 


5 


00 



$20 75 



14 



Amount brought forward . 
Paid Andrew Goodwin, ringing fire alarms, 

" " labor and sundries, 

Ezra Go wing, removing gravel, 

C. X. White, labor and sundries, 

Belt & Leather Stuffing Co., oil for hose, 



John Linscott, 
Isaac S. Morse, 
C. H. Robertson, 
L. F. Linnell, 
John H. Eaton, 
R. L. Cooper, 

Total, 



oil clothing, 
legal advice, 
straps, 
express, 

i i 

sundries, 



Recapitulation. 
Yale Enoine Co. Xo. 1, . 

C. Wakefield Co. Xo. 2, 
Chemical Co. Xo. 1, 
Washington Hook & Ladder Co. Xo. 1, 
Sundry other Expenses, 

Total, 

Balance unexpended, 



S20 75 
7 00 
19 05 
15 00 
17 55 
66 75 
10 50 
10 00 

2 50 
85 

3 25 
1 85 

$175 05 



$1,643 39 

1,050 29 

405 75 

787 90 

175 05 

$4,062 38 

137 62 

$4*200 00 



SUPPORT OF POOR. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $4,500 00 

Paid Cyrus X. White, Chairman of Overseers, as 

per receipts, .... 4,950 00 



Balance overdrawn, . . $450 00 

For details of expenditures, see Report of Overseers of the 
Poor. 

By vote of the Town, Feb'y 21st, 1877, the Selectmen 
were authorized to draw orders on the Treasurer for this De- 
partment to the amount of $600, in excess of appropriation, 
if necessary. 



15 



EXPENSE OF STREET LIMPS. 

Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., gas, 

A. W. Cate, for lighting, 

I. F. Sheldon, " 2 yrs., 

Sterry Smith & Co., lamp posts, 

B. P. Bowman, lanterns 
Joseph Cartwright, repairing do., 
Z. F. Fairbanks, " " 
D. P. Mason, 
J. N. Eames, 
Descalzo & Boulger, 
R. L. Murkland, 

C. R. Tuttle, oil and lighting 

Total, • 

Balance unexpended, 



repairs. 



$1,000 00 

558 25 

229 00 

171 10 

10 00 

00 

75 

25 

50 

75 

55 

50 

07 



$998 72 
1 28 

$1,000 00 



SUPPORT OF BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Regular appropriation , 
Dog Tax 1875-6, 



Paid C. W. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees, 

For details of expenditure, see Trustees' Report. 



$200 00 
453 90 

$653 90 

$653 90 



16 



PAYMENT OF TOWN OFFICERS 

Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Board of Auditors, 1875-6, 

" Selectmen, 1876-7, 
" Assessors, " 

" Overseers of Poor, " . 
kC Engineers of Fire Department, 
C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, 

" " Recording Births, Mar 

riages and Deaths, 1875, 
C. F. Hartshorne, sealer of weights & measur 
Richard Britton, Collector, on acc't, 
•O. V. Waterman, " " . 

John F. Alexander, Janitor, 2 months, 
F. G. Coker, " 10 " 

W. G. Skinner, Truant Officer, 

" " Return of Deaths, 

O. Walton, 2d, 
John Malony, 

Chas. R. Bliss, School Com. to Apr., 1876 
S. Iv. Hamilton, '• " 
Daniel Carey, Truant Officer, 
Daniel Carey, Constable and Police, 

C. H. Davis, " " ". 

Oliver Walton , 2 d , Constable , 
F. G. Coker, Police, 

rjEL. D. Hoyt, 
Isaac F. Sheldon, 
Issacher Stowell, 
John Drugan, 
Moses Staples, 
J. F. Alexander, 
Joseph Tuttle, 
Thomas Barber, 

Total, 

Balance unexpended, 









. $2,800 


00 


. $100 00 


400 


00 


400 


00 


150 


00 


100 


00 


100 


00 


SQ 


40 


mres, 15 


00 


375 


00 


150 


00 


50 


00 


240 


00 


35 


00 


2 


75 


13 





1 


00 


, 66 


67 


33 


33 


25 


00 


128 


20 


38 


64 


6 


00 


101 


30 


63 


60 


20 


00 


18 


50 


10 


50 


25 


55 


8 


00 


7 


00 


12 


00 


. $2,772 


44 


27 


56 


$2,800 


00 



17 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 

Regular Appropriation, . . 

Extra Appropriation for Boiler in Town House, 



$4,500 00 
700 00 

$5,200 00 



Expended as follows : 

Town House Account. 

Paid Citizens' Gas Lt. Co. for gas, . 

Benson & Hall, 30 tons furnace coal at $6 
" " 4 " stove " 7. 

Geo. W. Aborn, fuel, 
H. D. Hoyt, " ... 

F. G. Coker, sundries, 
E. Hodge & Co., boiler, . 
Desealzo & Boulger, labor on do., 
Wm, K. Perkins, " " 

" " " " lockup, 

Boston & Maine P. P. , freight on boiler, 
C. W. Trow, repairs, . 

Lewis Fairbanks, " 

Moses Staples, " 

G. N. Littlcfield&Co., " 
Wm. Washburn, Architect on repairs of 

roof in 1875, . 
Burns & Bee, repairs on roof 1876, 
J. O. Hollis & Co., keys, 
B. F. Abbott, repairing clock, . 

Total, .... 

Note. — Janitor's services charged to the appropriation for payment of town officers. 
See Treasurer's report for income of Hall. 

Printing, Stationery, &c. 

Paid \Y. II. Twombly, ptg. town reports 1875-6, 
" " " and stationery, . 

S. B. Dearborn, printing, 
Doane & Greenough, stationery, 
R. L. Murkland, " 



. 


$663 30 


.75, 202 50 


50, 30 00 


15 00 




7 25 




25 44 




370 00 




46 20 




125 00 




92 00 




2 80 




13 50 




49 84 




5 22 




30 15 


175 00 


38 84 


50 




1 50 


$1,894 04 



$307 


30 


112 


13 


2 


75 


21 


40 


37 


09 



Total, 



$480 67 



18 



Pertaining to Highways. 

Paid Patrick Kenney, compensation in excess 
of contract for Cottage Street, 

John Stout, labor on " " 

Wm. Ahlert, " " " 

Timothy Sullivan, < k " 

Patrick Gracly, kt " k " 

N. H. Dow, balance for labor in excess of 
appropriation for Water st. Bridge, 

Joshua Perham, covering " " 

Peterson & Parker, stone posts for st. bounds, 

M. E. Goodwin, " " " . 

R. L. Murklancl, setting bounds, &c, 

J. B. Forsythe, " " 

Wm. Derby, " " 

A. 1ST. Blanchard, labor as surveyor 1875-6, 
S. Parker, bound stone outlet of Lake, 
H. H. Hobson, lumber, " " 
Amasa Farrier, labor, " ' k 
H. B. Emerson, " " " 
Andrew Young, labor for Fish Commissioners 
Curtis & Stevens, surveying Greenwood st. 
Oliver Walton, 2d, labor in Old Cemetery, 

B. A. Osgood, damages on Highway, 
Baptist Soc'y, land damages Vinton Place, 

A. C Perkins, labor on trees, 
David Perkins, " street signs, 
Lewis Fairbanks, " " 
Geo. II. Teague, k ' 
Russell Seaver, " tk and pumps, 

B. Peabody, rep'g Town pump Greenwood, 
John Wiley, 2d, " " Montrose, 
G. N. Littlefield ^ Co., " Centre, 
J. N. Eames, li " kw 



$94 


59 


15 


00 


3 


00 


10 


00 


25 


10 


49 


41 


9 


00 


70 


00 


1 


75 


63 


11 


1 


50 


1 


25 


25 


71 


3 


00 


1 


30 


3 


00 


3 


95 


4 


00 


20 


00 


6 


00 


20 


00 


100 


00 


20 


43 


9 


50 


11 


00 


8 


50 


6 


92 


1, 10 


00 


1 


00 


1 


70 


1 


00 



Total, .... $600 72 



1<) 



[nsukaxce. 

Paid C. F. Elartshorne, Ins. on Town House, . $400 00 

" " " School Houses, 175 00 

" " •• Alms-house, . 101 25 

J. D. Mansfield, " Town House, . 00 

" " " School Houses, 32 00 

, " •• Town Library, 24 00 



$1,532 25 



Incidental Expenses. 

Paid J. M. Cate, rent of armory,* . . . $308 00 

W. (r. Skinner, circulating town reports, . 18 00 

" " " valuation list, $15.00 

Less amt. charged to regular appro., 6.70 



W. Ci. Skinner, return of deaths, 1875, 
O. V. Waterman, tax bills, 
George Abbott, repairs of flag and staff, 
J. R. Mansfield, account Board of Health, 
David Flanders, legal expenses, 

K. L. Murkland, expenses Assessors' Convention, 4 50 
A. J. Perham, teams for police, 
\Y. S. Greenough, map, . 
A. V. Lynde, release tax deed-. 
Thomas Gaffey, damages to fence. 
II. L. Day, expenses in matter of Yale 
furniture, .... 

eph 'futile, : ing ashes, 

J. & S. Winship, repairs on hearse, . 
Z. F. Fairbanks, sundry repaii 
G.N.Littlcfield&Co., •• 
J. II. Eaton, cxpr 
L. F. Linnell, 

ia] 539 23 

to. 



8 


3D 


3 


50 


15 


00 


19 


80 


31 


50 


38 


00 


>n, 4 


50 


12 


00 


5 


00 


28 


98 


13 


00 


2 


70 


O 


00 


13 


00 


2 


33 


8 


57 


1 


00 


3 


05 



20 



Recapitulation, 
Town House account, 
Printing, stationery, &c, 
Pertaining to Highways, 
Insurance, . 
Incidentals, . 

Total, . 

Balance unexpended, 



$1,894 


04 


480 


67 


600 


72 


. 1,532 


25 


539 


23 


. 5,046 


91 


153 


09 



$5,209 00 



FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 

Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 

Paid J. F. Emerson, Chairman of Committee, as 
follows, viz. : 
Music, Ripley's Band, 
Bonfire combustibles, 
Ringing of bells, 
Powder and wadding, 
Regatta prizes, . 
Boat expenses, . 
Fireworks, 
Labor and lumber, 
Common-games, prizes, 
Posters, programmes and advertising 
Exercises at Town Hall, carriage hire 
Express and expense, 



Badges, 



Total 

Balance unexpended, 



$600 00 





$200 00 




9 00 




9 00 




6 50 




92 00 




3 00 




50 00 




19 00 




10 00 




30 00 




2 00 




5 70 




1 00 




$437 20 




162 80 



$600 00 



21 



DEC01UTX0N OF SOLDIERS' GRAYES. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $100 00 

Paid H. M. Rideout, Treasurer G. A. R. Post 12, 100 00 



PUBLISHING VALUATION LIST. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $400 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Assessors for preparing list, 

W. H. Twornbly, printing do., . 
W. G. Skinner, circulating do., . 

Total, , $408 30 

Balance in excess of appropriation 

carried to Miscellaneous Account, 8 30 



$60 00 


333 


30 


15 


00 



$400 00 



RE-FURNISHING YALE ENGINE HOUSE. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $100 00 

Nothing expended. 



CLAIM OF JAMES FRENCH. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $300 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Judgment and referee's fee, 
Eaton & Hamilton, services, 

Total, ..... 
Balance unexpended, 

$300 00 



$282 


94 


10 


00 


$292 


94 


7 


06 



22 

BIRD HOUSES 
Appropriation authorized, 

Paid Geo. H. Tcague, as per contract, 
Balance unexpended, 



S30 00 

24 '00 
6 00 

$30 00 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 

Appropriation authorized, . 

This amount was apportioned by the Selectmen 
as follows, viz. : 

For Centre District, J. H. Perkins, surveyor 



North 




i t 


Ezra Gowing, 


East 




i i 


C. H. Derby, 


West 




i t 


Cyrus Kimball, 


South 




i i 


L. B. Eaton, 


Woodville" 


Joshua Perham, 



$3,500 00 



^725 


00 


•450 


00 


375 


00 


G75 


00 


475 


00 


300 


00 


, 500 


CO 



New Salem St., under direction of selectmen 

S3, 500 00 
The above amounts have been expended as follows : 

New Salem Street. — By Selectmen. 



Amount apportioned, .... 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Asaph Evans, labor, .... 

John Pratt, " 

Joseph Tuttle, for labor sundry individuals 

John Cuff", labor, .... 

Paid Jonathan Nichols, dhrging ditch, 

7 COO 7 

David Perkins, building 160 rods fence, 

Total, 

Balance unexpended, 



$500 00 



$30 


(j-2 


6 


12 


•2V2 


71 


5 


42 


3 


00 


155 


75 


J493 


62 





38 



$500 00 



23 



Centre District. — J. H. Perkins, Surveyor for 1876. 



Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, 
Clash balance in surveyor's hands for 1875, 



$725 00 
29 23 



ERRATA. 
In the account of Highway Surveyor for Centre District, errors will 
be found as follows: J. II. Perkins, 36 3-4 days labor, should be 50 1-4- 
days; J. H. Perkins, horse and cart 38 1-2 days, should be 58 days. 
Also, Levi Flanders, 11 days, should read 22 days. 

Paid J. H. Perkins, 36 3-4 days' labor at $2.00, 
" " horse and cart 38 1-2 days 

at 1.75, . 
" clearing snow in Feb. 1876 
" " scraping gravel, . 

J. G. Morrill, clearing snow, Feb. 1876, 

" " scraping gravel, . 

Andrew Young, clearing snow, Feb. 1876 
" " scraping gravel, 

" " with horse and cart 7 1-2 

days at 3.50, . 
Levi Flanders, 11 days at 1.75, . 
Peter Council, 41 1-4 days at 1.75, 
Michael Madden, 70 days at 1.75 
Timothy Reagan, 58 1-2 days at 1.75, 
Charles Hart, 5 days at 1.75, 
John Drugan, 2 days at 1.75, 
John Eager, 2 da}'s at 1.75, 
John Mulligan, 10 days at 1.75, . 
L. D. Hoyt, with team, 3 days at 3.50, 
G. W. Aborn, with team, 5 days at 3*50, 
Moses Staples, labor, 
Wm. Bowker, 229 loads gravel at 5c., 
X. II. Dow, building stone bridge, 
II. II. Hobson, lumber, . • . 
Samuel Pay, blacksmith, . 
John Purington, lumber, . 
Town of Lynnfield, use of scraper, 

S754 23 



s 

101 


50 


14 


75 


4 


22 


13 


62 





00 


1^ 


01 


18 


00 


2(j 


25 


38 


50 


72 


18 


122 


50 


101 


65 


8 


75 


3 


50 


3 


50 


17 


50 


10 


50 


17 


50 




20 


11 


45 


40 


00 


1 


87 


2 


20 


4 


58 


2 


00 



24 



a 



North Dist. — David Batchelder, Surveyor eor 1875. 

Balance in hands of surveyor as per report last year, $128 82 

Expended as follows : 

Paid David Batchelder, 7 1-2 days' labor at 1.50, 

blacksmith work, . 
post and rail, 
Ezra Gowing, 2 days' labor at 1.50, . 
C. P. Poland, 1-2 day's labor, . 

" " 11-2 days with team at 3.00, 
" " removing snow, . 
G. W. Aborn, 



a 



11 25 

1 00 
66 

3 00 
1 00 

4 50 
17 86 

6 48 



Total, .... 

Balance unexpended which has been 

paid into the Town treasury, 



$45 75 

$83 07 

$128 82 



North District. — Ezra Gowing, Surveyor for 

Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, . i 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Ezra Gowing, 23 1-6 days labor at $1.75, 
" " for team 8 3-4 " " 1.50, 

" " 25 

" " team 12 1-4 
Ezra Gowing, jr., 12 

B. F. Shedd, ' 10 1-2 
" " 24 1-2 
" " team 3 1-2 
" " team 14 1-2 

Henry Clay, " 16 
Timothy Cronin, 24 1-4 
J. P. Forsyth, 1,7 
John O'Neal, 17 

C. P. Poland, removing snow, 
B. F. Shedd, 









2.00, 
1.75, 
1.50, 
1.50, 
1.75, 
1.50, 
1.75, 
3.50, 
1.75, 
1.75, 
1.75, 



1876. 
450 00 

40 56 
13 12 
50 00 
21 44 
18 00 
15 75 
35 87 

5 25 
25 37 
56 00 
42 44 
29 75 
29 75 
34 34 

6 60 



Amount carried forward 



$424 24 



25 



Amount brought forward, . 


$424 24 


B. F. Shedd, 23 loads gravel " 5 cts. 


1 15 


Lucius Beebe, 225 " " 10 " 


22 50 


Joshua Greeu, 16 " " 6 " 


96 


Samuel Ray, blacksmith, .... 


1 15 



$450 00 



South District. — Geo. K. Gilman, Surveyor for 1875. 

Balauce in hands of Surveyor as per report last 

year, $26 94 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Geo. K. Gilman, 9 1-2 days labor at $2.00, 19 00 

Milton Phillips, clearing snow, . . 1 70 



Total, . 




. 


• • 


20 70 


Balance paid to the Town Tr 


easurer, 




• • 


6 24 




$26 94 


South District. — L. B. 


Eatox, 


Surveyor for 


1876. 


Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, . 


$475 00 


Expended as follows : 










Paid L. B. Eaton, 60 1-2 


days labor at $1.75, 


$105 87 


" " team 52 




i t 


1.50, 


78 00 


Geo. K. Gilman, 48 1-2 




i t 


1.50, 


72 75 


Wm. Oliver, 54 1-2 




1 1 


1.50, 


81 75 


Wm. Taylor, 2 




i i 


1.50, 


3 00 


Thomas Flynn, 19 1-4 




i i 


1.50, 


28 87 


S. E. McAlmon, 6 




a 


1.50, 


9 00 


Horace Lewis, 5 




a 


1.50, 


7 50 


C. H. Oliver, 3 1-3 




i i 


1.50, 


5 00 


Peter Froton, 2 




a 


1.50, 


3 00 


A. E. Parks, 2 1-2 




i i 


1.50, 


3 75 


A. P. Proctor, 1 




i i 


1.50, 


1 50 


Andrew Young, scraping 


£ gravel 


? 




6 00 



Amount carried forward, 



$405 99 



26 



Amount brought forward 
Paid Henry Oliver, scraping gravel. 
Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 

Total, 
Balance in hands of Surveyor, 



$405 


99 


6 


00 


13 


QS 


$425 


67 


49 


33 



$475 00 



East District. — A. X. Blanchard, Surveyor for 1875. 
Balance in hands of Surveyor as per report last 

\ v> ct L ^ • • • • • • • 

Bec'd from Selectmen from Miscellaneous Acc't, 



$2 73 
25 71 



Expended as follows : 

Paid A. X. Blanchard, removing snow, 

2 days labor at $2.00 
1 " with team, 

repairing bridge, 






i i 

i i 
a 



" with team on Vernon street 
" plowing, 



D. S. Fairbanks, labor, 



$28 


44 


$6 


50 


4 


00 


3 


75 


2 


00 


2 


88 




50 


8 


81 



$28 44 



East District. — Chas. H. Derby, Surveyor for 1876. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, . $375 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid C. II. Derby, 27 3-4 days labor at $2.00, 
" " team 31 3-4 

Frank P. Hoyt, 8 1-4 
9 
" " team 17 1-4 

C. IT. Hart, 7 1-4 

23 1-2 



2.00, 


$o^) 50 


1.75, 


55 57 


2.00, 


16 50 


1.75, 


15 75 


1.75, 


30 19 


2.00, 


14 50 


1 . 7 5 , 


41 12 



Amount carried forward, 



$229 13 



27 



Amount brought forward, . 

Paid I. F. Barnes, 6 3-4 days' labor at 2.00 

<< " 9 " " 1.75 

J. J. Mansfield, team 7 " " 1.75 

II. Woodis, 1G 1-4 " " 1.75 



Jonathan Nichols, 110 loads grav 
C. II . Derby, removing snow, 
C. H. Hart, 
F. P. Hoyt, 



i i 



Total, . 
Balance in hands of Surveyor, . 



el at 4 cts. 



$229 13 
13 50 
15 75 
12 25 
28 44 

4 40 
10 20 

4 00 
'1 87 

$319 54 
55 4G 

$375 00 



West District. — Cyrus Kimball, Surveyor. 



Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor. 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Cyrus Kimball balance due him as per 



$G75 00 



report last year, 




. 


. 


$47 57 


Cyrus Kimball, 35 1-4 days labor at 


$2.00, 


70 50 


1G 1 


-2 " 


i t 


1.75, 


28 87 


" " 47 1-4 " team, " 


1.75, 


82 G9 


" " G 1- 


2 days with team 4.00, 


2G 00 


. " *' removing sno^\ 


i 


. 


3 00 


Hero Nichols and team, 9 3-4 


days at 3.50, 


34 12 


Patrick (irany, 


24 1-4 




1.75, 


42 44 


Daniel Haggerty, 


18 




1.75, 


31 50 


Simeon Parker, 


12 3-4 




1.75, 


22 30 


Levi Flanders, 


1 




1.75, 


1 75 


Michael Council, 


18 1-1 




1.75, 


31 93 


Edward Ford, 


29 3-4 




1.75, 


52 0G 


Edward Butler, 


18 3-4 




1.75, 


32 81 


Frank McCormick, 


24 1-4 




1.75, 


42 43 


Thomas Flynn, 


9 1-4 




1.75, 


1G 18 


John A'Hearn, 


5 1-2 




1.75, 


9 G2 


Leonard Williams, 


19 3-4 
forward 


• 


1.75, 

• 


34 5G 


Amount carried j 


$G10 33 



28 



I, removing snow, 

a a 



Amount Drought forward, . 
Paid Patrick Foley, 6 1.4 clays at 1.75 

Patrick Reagan, 5 1-2 " 1.75 

Patrick Butler, 12 1-4 " 1.75 

A. J. Blaneharcl, 3 " 1.75 

John McLeocl, 3 1-2 " 1.75 

Dennis Feekan, 1 " 1.75 

Andrew Young, 1 " 1.75 

James Keniston, 1-2 " 1.75 

Michael Council 
Simon Parker, 
Patrick Foley 

Joshua Perham, scraping gravel, 
Adam Wiley, use of drag, 
R. L. Cooper, 101 loads of gravel at 5 cts. 
G. W. A born, drain pipe, 
J. S. Trowbridge & Co., powder, 
H. H. Hobson, lumber, 
Philip Fehen, blacksmith, 
Park Bros. & Co., pick steel, 
Gr. N. Littlefield & Co., handles 
For picks, 

Total expended, 
There is therefore a balance due Mr. Kimball of 



$610 33 

10 93 

9 62 

21 43 

5 25 

6 12 



1 75 

1 75 
87 
87 
87 
87 

2 00 
50 

5 05 
12 96 
1 93 
86 
4 90 
1 20 
1 25 
1 50 

$702' 81 
27 81 

$675 00 



Woodville District. — Joshua Perham, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, .' $300 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Joshua Perham, 39 1-2 days' labor at 2.00, 
<< " team 28 1-2 days' labor at 

1.75, .... 
" " removing snow, 

Baxter I. Wiley, 



Amount carried forward, 



$79 00 



49 


87 


15 


25 


3 


00 



$147 12 



29 



Amount brought forward, . 
Paid Enos Wiley, removing snow, 
H. N. Oliver, " " 

Benjamin Jarvis, 2 1-2 clays at 1.50, . 
David Buekley, 2 1-2 days at 1.50, . 

" " 6 1-2 days at 1.75, . 

Orrison Ripley, 1 day at 1.50, . 

10 1-2 days at 1.75,'. 
Andrew Young, 2 days at 2.00, . 
H. N. Oliver, 1 1-2 days at 2.00, 

" " 10 days with team at 3.50, 

John Lynch, 7 1-2 days at 1.75, 
Dennis Braman, 1-2 day at 1.75, 
Maurice Fitzgerald, 8 1-2 clays at 1.75, 
Patrick Devine, 9 1-2 days at 1.75, 
John Cuff, 9 days at 1.75, 
Geo. W. Aborn, 24 loads gravel at 5c, 
for sharpening picks and bars, 

Total, 

Balance in hands of surveyor, . 



$147 


12 


1 


50 


5 


25 


3 


75 


3 


75 


11 


37 


1 


50 


18 


37 


4 


00 


3 


00 


35 


00 


13 


12 




87 


14 


87- 


16 


62 


15 


75 


1 


00 




60 


$297 


44 


2 


56 



$300 00 



Mr. Pcrham reports that money has been expended upon 
different streets as follows, yiz. : 

Water Street, . . ... $165 00 

Wiley " 



Nahant " . 
Franklin " . 
Farm " . 
Street near Baxter Wiley's, 



18 00 
30 00 
45 00 
11 50 
5 50 



$275 00 



30 



BUILDING BEACON STREET. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $400 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Curtis & Stevens, surveying, &c, . . $29 00 

James Oliver, Chairman of Selectmen, and 
held by him to fulfil the existing eon- 
tract . S150 00 



Total' $179 00 

Balance unexpended, . . . 221 00 



§400 00. 



BUILDING CHARLES STREET. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 1300 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Curtis & Stevens, surveying, <&c, . . $16 00 

James Oliver, Chairman of Selectmen, and 
held by him to meet the provisions of 
contract 184 00 



Total, S200 00 

Balance unexpended, . . . 100 00 



$800 00 



WATER STREET BRIDGE, near J. Koran's. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 850 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid X. H. Dow, labor and material. . . 1)9 41 

Joshua Perhani, labor, .... 00 



Total $108 41 

Balance in excess of appropriation 

carried to Miscellaneous Account, . 58 41 

850 00 



31 



BUILDING EMERSON STREET. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $250 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Curtis & Stevens, surveying &c, . . $15 00 

Cyrus Kimball, labor, . . . . 54 12 

Richard Britton, Collector, for taxes worked 

out by sundry individuals, as per vote 

of town, .... 

(). V. Waterman, Collector as above, . 

Total, 

Balance overdrawn, 



143 


20 


5o 


20 


$267 


52 


17 


52 


$250 


00 



CASH BALANCES IN HANDS OF SELECTMEN OF 
LAST YEAR, AS PEE REPORT. 

Cottage street appropriation, .... $250 00 
Summer " " .... 379 50 



$629 50 



Expended by Selectmen of this yeas as follows : 
Paid Patrick Kenney balance due on account of 
contract of Cottage street, 
Patrick Kenney, extra compensation, 
Gowing and Sweetser as per contract for 

Summer street, . 
For lengthening out Bridges 
For repairing Driveways, 



Excess taken from appropriation 
Miscellaneous Expen 



$119 


00 


281 


00 


21)7 


00 


19 


54 


7 


5 5 


$724 


09 


94 




$629 


50 



EEPOET 



OF THE 



OVEE SEERS OF THE POOR, 



For the year ending April 1st, 1877. 



EXPENSES AT THE ALMSHOUSE. 




For grain and meal, .... 


$311 90 


groceries, 






359 96 


meat and provisions, 






411 37 


dry goods, 






152 39 


coal, 






187 58 


clothing, 






50 76 


salt and fresh fish, 






45 23 


funeral expenses of Dan. Rankin, 


22 00 


" " " Sarah Emerson, 


17 00 


" " " James Vinton, 


21 00 


tea and coffee, . . 


22 65 


tobacco and snuff, 






21 91 


labor on farm, 






89 00 


ice, 






20 00 


crackers and bread, . 






22 05 


pasturing calves, 






10 00 


rye and Indian meal, 






12 45 


kerosene oil, 






13 20 


brooms, 






7 89 


blacksmith's bill, 






38 75 


stock, 






114 76 


field and garden seeds, 






15 84 


Amount carried forward, 


$1,967 69 



33 



Amount brought forward, . 






$1,967 69 


For molasses, 






74 80 


soap, 








14 90 


repairs on buildings, 








3 50 


26 bbls. of flour, 








211 50 


beans and peas, 








12 85 


dog license, 








2 00 


sugar, .... 








57 59 


school books and stationer} 


T 






16 70 


physician's services, 








42 50 


medicines, 








52 73 


alcohol and liquors, 








18 77 


hard and tin ware, 








42 79 


household furniture, 








12 95 


farming tools, 








11 02 


beds and bedding, 








36 64 


grindstone, 








8 12 


butter, 










28 08 


vinegar, 










4 75 


wooden ware, 










10 75 


crockery, 










1 77 


boots and shoes, 










98 50 


repairs on harness, 










10 90 


var nishi n g wagon , 










8 00 


window screens, 










3 25 


filing saws, 










1 25 


wheelwright's bill, 




' 






27 05 


salt grass, 










27 90 


newspaper and post-office 1 


)ill, 






5 06 


car tickets and expense, 








6 30 


sundries, . 








11 01 


plaster for vines, 










50 


cash to inmates, 










1 24 


use of bull, 










4 00 


tomato plants, 










1 00 


Paid Joseph Tuttle, keeper, salary in full, 


350 00 


Total expense at the almshouse foi 




this vcar, 


. 


. 




• 


. $3,188 36 



34 



RECEIPTS. 



Received for labor on New Salem street, 


$67 00 


removing ashes from Town House, 3 00 


from sundry persons, 


4 00 


neighbors, for milk, 


2 83 


Shepard, " . 
D. Gr. Walton, for milk, 


6 62 
15 00 


J. D. Mansfield, for milk, &c 


12 71 


potatoes, 

E. W. Eaton, for potatoes, , 

Sanford, " " 


. . 6 50 

3 25 

24 00 


Deadman, " " 


36 37 


D. Gr. Walton, for pork, 


28 71 


Deadman, " " 


43 65 


C. N. White, " " 


9 90 


for flour barrels, 


5 18 


vegetables, and from sundry persons, 4 75 
from D. G. Walton for vegetables, . 30 29 


Deadman, for veal, 


18 25 


Libby, for cow, 
for board of J. Vinton, 


25 00 
15 00 


" " schoolteacher, 


5 75 


Total receipts, 


$367 76 


Net expense at almshouse, . 
Bills of last year not rendered : 


. $2,820 60 


physician's services, 
blacksmith's " 


$25 50 
26 86 




$52 36 




$2,872 96 



Due from Joshua Perham for shoveling snow, 



7 60 



35 



EXPENSES AWAY FROM ALMSHOUSE. 



Paid board Nelson Sweetser, hospital 
Mary Osborne, hospital, 
Teresa Blakely, Boston, 


? 




$211 44 
45 50 
47 82 


Elijah Edson, Eitchbnrg, 




12 00 


William Flynn, Woburn, 
Supplies to Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Reading, 




20 00 
158 50 


H. W. Brown, Reading, . 




89 38 


Doctor's bill " " " 




81 25 


Reform School, D. S. Dudley, Westborough, 


26 35 


" G. W. Blaisdell, 


19 50 


Supplies to Mrs. R. Sloan, 


110 00 


Tramps, 

S. W. Whitney, . 

Michael Welch, Lawrence, 




10 09 

133 45 

3 25 


Patrick Forbes, Fall River, 




6 00 


John S. Mann, 




24 00 


R. H. Parsons, 






29 95 


D. A. De Brechmont, 






15 15 


Mrs. M. Cullen, . 






2 30 


Moses Barnes, 






13 00 


N. C. Hunter, 






12 15 


Mrs. S. Nichols, 






53 84 


Mrs. J. Courtney, 
Dennis Kalaher, 






3 00 
6 $5 


William Crowley, 
George Bowman, 






54 10 
5 20 


Porter Western, 






15 97 


Mrs. Mary Reagan, 
" L. A. W. Durrill, 






7 25 
21 25 


. " Margaret Bransfield 






5 12 


" T. G. Bladden, 
G. M. Arclcll, 






8 15 
18 15 


Mrs. J. Mertcn, 
William Jones, 
Doctor's bill " " 






1 88 
47 98 
13 75 


Amount carried forward 


$1,333 37 



36 



Amount brought forivard, . 


$1,333 37 


Supplies to Mrs. M. Delury, . 


8 00 


Doctor's bill " " 


5 00 


Supplies to Heuiy Williams, . 


8 00 


Ann McCarty, . 


5 92 


Jane Kellej^, 


4 15 


Benjamin Jarvis, 


7 00 


Doctors bill " < < 


12 00 


Supplies to W, B. Crawford, . 


6 25 


Charles Tucker, 


2 00 


Ellen Cochran, 


9 10 


J. T. B. Hall, 


8 35 


Mrs. Mary Curtiss, 


1 75 


Thomas Manning, 


18 25 


R. T. Foster, board of child, . 


51 00 


Ellen Kellev, 


4 00 


William Newhall, (board of Tutth 


i 


child,) . 


52 00 


Margaret Kellev, 


1 00 


John Davis, . 


27 40 


Martin Donahue, 


26 15 


Peter Connell, 


23 75 


Daniel Shannahan, 


29 60 


J. Mooney, 


13 00 


Mrs. Jane Resterick, 


30 00 


T. Mullio-an, 


25 32 


Samuel Mayo, 


8 00 


Mrs. Pendle, . 


1 00 


Burial of Michael Foley's wife, 


15 00 


Chase child, 


10 00 


Warren " 


4 00 


Supplies to John Foley's boys, 


20 00 


E. W. Wood, 


10 50 


John Haggarty, 


3 40 


Mrs. L. Barlow, 


4 40 


Ralph Pratt, 


52 50 



Amount carried forward 



$1,841 16 



37 



Amount brought forward, . 


$1,841 16 


Supplies to Michael Connell, 


4 00 


J. Devlin, 


4 37 


Fowler, (child, colored,) 


5 00 


Mrs. Thompson, 


4 40 


Barnard Derby, 


119 50 


Expense of Overseers, 


42 21 



Total expense away from Almshouse, $2,020 64 

RECEIPTS. 

Received from the town of Orleans, Mrs Sloan, $110 00 
" " " " " Watertown, S. W. 

Whitney, . 63 30 

" " Peabody, J. S. Mann, 8 00 



Total receipts, 
Net expense away from Almshouse, . 



. $181 30 
. 1,839 34 



BILLS NOT RENDERED IN LAST YEAR'S ACCOUNT. 

Supplies to Mrs. A. E. Oliver, . . . $128 14 

H. W. Brown, .... 88 39 

Paid William Newhall, (board of child,) . . 78 00 



$294 53 
Xet expense away from Almshouse present year, 1,839 34 



Total 



. $2,133 87 



Recapitulation. 

The Overseers have received from former Board, $68 67 

" " " " " town of Orleans, 

for Mrs. Rufus A. Sloan (last year's acc't), 60 00 

Received from Town Treasurer, . . . 4,950 00 



Net expense at the Almshouse, 
away from " 



a a 



$2,872 96 
2,133 87 



$5,078 67 



$5,006 83 



Balance in Overseers' hands, 



71 84 



38 



Largest number of inmates, 
Average " " 



Present " 
Tramps relieved. 



i i 



28 
19 
17 

855 



INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY AT THE ALMSHOUSE. 

Stock, 

Hay, 

Grain, 

Carriages, 

Farming tools, 

Household furniture, 

Provisions, 

Manure, 

Coal, 

Miscellaneous, . 

Total, 



§568 


75 


252 


50 


6 


30 


358 


00 


320 


00 


529 


48 


309 


78 


164 


50 


15 


00 


1 


25 


$2,525 56 



INMATES OF THE ALMSHOUSE DURING THE YEAR. 



Mr. Warren Burditt, 
James Lang, 
Thomas G. Tuttle, 
Geo. A. Burditt, 
Edward J. Denehey, 
James Vinton,* 
Timothy O'Keefe, 

Mrs. Keziah Burditt, 

Jane Wood, 

Sarah Nichols, 
Miss Susan Burditt, 

Eulalia Slocomb, 

Juliette Eager, 

Annie Wood, 

Mary Ellen Denehey. 

Those names with stars 



Mr. Dan. Rankin,* 
James Easier, 
John H. Slocomb, 
John Ma char, 
Charles Tucker, 
George W. Ley, 

Airs. Sarah Emerson,* 
Rosella Slocomb, 
Nora Denehey, 

Miss Etta W. Slocomb, 
Margaret Eager, 
Cora Slocomb, 
Mary Clements, 

denote the persons are deceased. 



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Interest on Personal Property, . . . $151 53 

" Real Estate, 360 00 

Overseers' orders, . . . . . . 2820 60 



$3,332 13 
Supporting the average of 19 paupers, at $3.37 per week. 

There is clue from the town of Watertown, for S. 

W. Whitney, . . . . $70 15 

From the town of Peabocly for J. S. Mann, . 16 00 

eity of Gloucester for R. H. Parsons, . 29 95 

town of No. Reading for N. C. Hunter, 12 15 

State, for J. A. DeBechmont, . . 15 15 



Total, ..... $143 40 

All bills due against the Town were paid up to January 1, 
1877. There has since accrued bills not exceeding eighty 
dollars, which remain unpaid. 

There has been at the Almshouse an unusual amount of 
sickness daring the past year. Three individuals have died 
after a long illness. Mrs. Wood was sick during the sum- 
mer, but has since recovered and left. Two men have been 
disabled, one with a broken arm, and the other with a lame 
hand for months. One woman has been sick the entire year, 
and at the present writing two girls are sick, one very low. 
The number of tramps has increased from four hundred and 
ninety, 1875-6, to eight hundred and fifty-five, 1876-7. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CYRUS N. W^HITE, ) Overseers of Poor 
B. W. OLIVER, \ of 

IRA WILEY, Jr., ) Wakefield. 



COLLECTORS' STATEMENTS. 



Tax of 1873. 

Otis V. Waterman, - Collector. 

Uncollected balance as per report last year, . $111 30 
Paid Town Treasurer, . . $101 21 

Abated by Assessors, . . 10 09 

$111 30 



X 



Tax of 1874. 

Otis V. Waterman", - Collector. 

Total amount assessed, . . . . . $79,250 54 

Eeceived as interest, . . . . 1,377 75 



$80,628 29 

Paid Town Treasurer, . $76,677 59 

Abated by Assessors, . . 1,586 37 

Discounts allowed, . . 2,364 33 

$80,628 29 



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Tax of 1875. 



Otis V. Waterman. 



Collector. 



Total amount assessed, 
Received as interest. 



. $59,087 08 
447 68 

$59,534 76 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, 



$51,378 52 
. 1,378 70 
. 1,831 58 



$54,588 80 



Balance uncollected, 



4,945 96 



Tax of 1876. 



Richard Britton. 



Total amount assessed, 
Received as interest. 



Collector 



$56,717 27 
48 05 

$56,765 32 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, 



$43,846 58 

635 27 

. 1,974 61 



$46,456 46 



Balance uncollected, 



. 10,308 SG 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



Jas. F. Fmerson, Treas. in acct. with Town of Wakefield. 



DR. 



$21,430 72 

5,000 00 

56 58 

557 80 

407 00 

618 00 

2 00 



To cash balance in Treasury, March 5, 1876, 
hired on town note, 
interest received on taxes and loans, 
release of tax deeds, 
income Town Hall, 
sale of town history, 
rec'd F. Williams, Auctioneer license, 
rec'd of O. V. Waterman, col. 1873-4-5, 15,272 35 
rec'd of C. Wakefield Estate, acc't Road 

Commissioners, 
rec'd of First District Court, lockup fees, 
rec'd of David Batchelder, highway sur- 
veyor, 1875, 
rec'd of Richard Britton, col. 1876, 
rec'd on acc't, A. C. Perkin's bill, 
rec'd of Daniel jSorcross, auction'r license, 
rec'd of Win. G. Skinner, " " 

rec'd of State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 
rec'd of " ' ' National Bank ' ' . 

rec'd of " " Armory rent, 

rec'd of " " State aid, . 

roc'd of " " " school fund, 

rec'd of Geo. K. Gilman, highway sur- 
veyor, 1875, .... 
rec'd of Astor Fire Insurance Co., divi- 
dend, .... 
rec'd from sale of Common grass, . 
rec'd from sale of old boiler at town house, 
rec'd from County Treasurer, dog tax, 

Total 



1 15 

27 91 

83 07 

43,846 58 

1 00 

2 00 
2 00 

2,149 39 

1,529 32 

248 40 

1,871 87 

255 56 

6 24 



19 


58 


20 


00 


50 


00 


433 


20 


. $93,891 


72 



43 



CR. 

By cash paid Selectmen's orders, 
" principal on loans, 
" interest " 

" S. K. Hamilton, Treas. School 

Committee, State school fund, 1876, 

paid S. K. Hamilton, Treas. School 

Committee, State school fund, 1877, 

paid for release deeds, 

Daniel Carey, lockup keeper, 

State aid acc't, . 

for deeds of real estate sold for 

taxes, .... 

for Register of Deeds, 

Saugus tax, 

State tax, .... 

" Bank tax, 
County tax, 

F. G. Coker, lockup keeper, 
Treas. Public Library, Flint me 
morial fund interest, 
balance cash in Treasury, . 



$37,980 97 

30,000 00 

8,555 94 

298 90 



255 


56 


9 


00 


17 


16 


. 1,987 


50 


974 


20 


17 


00 


5 


00 


. 4,572 


00 


842 


28 


. 1,595 


52 


10 


75 


70 


00 


. 6,693 


94 


$93,891 


72 



LOAN ACCOUNT. 



Amount as per audit, March 5, 1876, 
since hired by Treasurer, 



Amount paid since March 5, 1876, . 



$141,600 00 
. 5,000 00 

$146,600 00 
. 30,000 00 



Total loans, 



$116,600 00 



M 



Loans are now held, March 5, 1877, as follows : 

Henry Bancroft Estate, clue on de- 
mand, $10,000 00 

Home Savings Bank, due Oct. 18, 

1877, " 20,000 00 

Hon. Otis Norcross, due April 27, 

1878, 8,000 00 

State Treasurer, clue May 1, 1879, . 10,000 00 

State Treasurer, " " 20,1881, . 19,600 00 

Bonds to bearer, §1,000 each, due 

June 1, 1881, .... 19,000 00 

Bonds to bearer, $1,000 each, clue 

May 1, 1882, .... 30,000 00 



Total, . . . $116,600 00 



TOWN DEBT. 

Amount of Notes and Bonds bear- 
ing interest March 5, 1877, $116,600 00 

Accrued interest on Notes and 

Bonds to this elate, . . . 2,336 82 

Due on State Aid Pension account, 66 00 

Outstanding town orders, . . 621 04 

Total Liabilities, . . .$119,623 86 

Cash balance in Treasury, . $6,693 94 
Due from State on account of State 

aid, as per return, Dec. 31, 1876, 1,948 00 

Tax deeds hell by Treasurer, . 930 29 

Due on Tax List, 1875, . . 4,945 96 

1876, . . 10,308 86 



Total Assets, . $24,827 05 

Net debt, .... $94,796 81 

Net debt as per report last year, . . . 99,943 84 

Net debt as per report this year, . . • 94,796 81 

Decrease since 1876 report, . $5,147 03 



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LIST OF TAX DEEDS NOW HELD BY TOWN 
TREASURER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. 



Estate of 

Philip Eehen, . 

J. W. Bancroft, 

A. J. Edmunds, 

Rodney Edmands, (2 deeds) 

A. L. Marshall, 

Caroline R. Nichols, 

James French, 

Walcott & Yonnir, 

John McLeod, (2 deeds) . 

C. Wakefield, (3 deeds) . 

Mary Slack, 

J. W. Bancroft, 

Rodney Edmands, (2 deeds) 

A. J. Edmands, 
Geo. W. Kendall, 

B. G. Dunbar, 
I. W. Silloway, 
John Minniken, 

A. J. Perham, (2 deeds) 
Wm. Harvey, 
Caroline R. Nichols, 
Geo. W. Turner, 
Thonaas *McCleary, 





Tax of 


Ain't <>i' Deed. 


1872, 


$34 27 




L873, 


13 14 




1873, 


20 53 




1873, 


34 49 




1873, 


2(5 98 




1873, 


104 87 




1873, 


5 97 




1873, 


5 97 




1873, 


15 90 




1874, 


1G 24 




1874, 


90 26 




1874, 


76 02 




1874, 


6 47 




1874, 


37 01 




1874, 


22 14 




1874, 


38 39 




1874, 


61 35 




1874, 


18 23 




1874, 


14 30 




1874, 


95 91 




1874, 


51 82 




1874, 


99 44 




1874, 


12 06 




1874, 


28 53 



$930 29 



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STATE AID. 

Amount allowed various individuals for 

year ending March 1, 1877, $1,963 00 

Balance due from Treas., March 1, 1876, 90 50 



$2,053 50 



The Treas. has paid of the above am't, §1,987 50 
Due from Treas. to March 1, 1877, 66 00 



2,053 



50 



The amounts which have been paid each person appear in 



the following statement : 

Elizabeth R. Anderson, 
Mary V. Brown, 
Israel F. Barnes, 
Amelia A. Carter, 
Eliza N. Clifford, 
A. M. Chandler, 
T. W. Coombs, 
Ada E. Cowdrey, 
Mary A. Curtis, 
John Davis, 
Victor Eaton, 
Rodney Edmands, 
Alexander Flanders 
O. X. Gammons, 
Micah Heath, 
G. H. Jackson, 
Lucinda Locke, 
Sarah S. Mason, 
Elizabeth Moses, 



$60 00 


48 


00 


o 

O 


00 


8 


00 


44 00 


60 


00 


124 00 


40 00 


96 


00 


72 


00 


72 


00 


76 


00 


56 


00 


22 


00 


72 


00 


16 


50 


40 


00 


44 


00 


60 


00 



Johanna Ohpin, 


$48 00 


Esther S. Parker, 


48 00. 


W. D. Parker, 


42 00 


Lucy E. Poland, 


48 00 


John P. Ross, 


48 00 


Lydia Sweetser, 


48 00 


Sarah Sweetser, 


48 00 


John S. Sargent, 


26 00 


Geo. W. Townsend, 


168 00 


Mary S. Wheeler, 


40 00 


Geo" H. Wiley, 


66 00 


John Wiley, 2d, 


140 00 


John Whitibrd, 


' 84 00 


G. N. Whiting, 


54 00 


Hiram Woodis, 


66 00 



$1,987 50 



SELECTM EN'S REPORT. 



The Board of Selectmen would respectfully submit the fol- 
lowing report of their action upon the more important mat- 
ters to which their attention has been called during the past 
year : 

NEW SALEM STREET. 

The sum of $500 was appropriated, by vote of the town, 
for repairs on this street, and has been expended as follows : 
For Grading, ....... $308 42 

* Railing, . . . . . . . 148 46 

Planting Willows, 3d 74 



§493 62 
Balance unexpended, . . . . 6 38 



$500 00 

BYRON STREET. 

The question of laying out a town way over the private 
way called Byron street, was, by vote of the town, referred 
to the Selectmen. A petition was also received, requesting 
the Board to lay out this street as a town way. A hearing 
was given on the premises, and after a full and careful con- 
sideration the Board were of the opinion that the benefits to 
be derived by the public would not be sufficient to warrant 
the expenditure of so large a sum as would be required to 
make this street safe for travel. 

OAK STREET. 

A hearing was given upon the petition of Edward Butler 
and others, for a town way from Albion to Lake street, over 



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the private way known as Oak street. The Board came to 
the same conclusion in this case as in that of Byron street, 
and for the same reasons. 



ON THE PETITION 

of John A. Maloney and others, for a town way from Bich- 
ardson street to Water street, a hearing was granted, and 
while recognizing the desirableness of the street as petitioned 
for, the Board feel compelled to decline to report favorably 
on the petition, on account of the large amount claimed as 
damages by land owners. 

MURRAY STREET. 

t 

On the petition of James P. Godfrey and others, for a 
town way from Gould to Chestnut street over the private way 
called Murray street, a hearing was given, but owing to the 
lateness of the season, the ground being covered with snow, 
no decision was made, and the matter was referred to the 
next Board of Selectmen. 

EMERSON STREET. 

The sum of $250 was appropriated by vote of the town to 
build this street, and the Selectmen were instructed to em- 
ploy those who wished to work out their taxes, allowing no 
one to work out more than five dollars of his tax. These in- 
structions were complied with as near as practicable. The 
street was built under the superintendence of Mr. Cyrus 
Kimball, Highway Surveyor of the West District, at an ex- 
pense of §291.32. 105 loads of loam were sold from the street, 
to Mr. A. W. Chapman at 16 2-3 cents per load, amount- 
ing to $17.50 ; in which sum Mr. Chapman is indebted to the 
town, and which sum, deducted from the above amount of 
$291.32 loaves the net expense of this street $273.82. The 
above statement includes the sum of $23.50 still due as fol- 
lows : 



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To Wm. G. Skinner, 2d, 
John Madden, 
Lewis Chamberlin, 
Thomas Gaffey, 
M. O'Connor, . 
Bernard Smith, 



$2 25 
5 25 
3 50 
3 75 
3 50 
5 25 



$23 50 



BEACON STREET. 



The proposal of Levi Flanders to build this street for §134 
was accepted, and work will be commenced as soon as the 
Beason will allow. 

CHARLES STREET. 

The proposal of Simon Froton to build this street for 
$168.50 was aeeepted, and will soon be in process of con- 
st met ion. 

COTTAGE STREET. 

A contract was made in 1875 with Mr. Patrick Kenney for 
the building of this street for $349. On account of several 
ledges which required blasting, Mr. Kenney applied for ad- 
ditional compensation. By vote of the town the matter was 
referred to the Selectmen, with "discretionary power to pay 
him a reasonable compensation for building the road." The 
Board voted to allow the sum of $281, in addition to the 
amount of the original contract. The following amounts 
were paid to real estate owners on the street for grading the 
sidewalks against their estates : 



To John Stout, ..... 

Timothy Sullivan, .... 
Wm. Ahlert, ..... 
Patrick Grady, ..... 

Kenney's original contract, 
Additional compensation allowed, 

Total cost of building street, 



$15 


00 


10 


00 


3 


00 


25 


10 


$63 


10 


349 


00 


281 


00 



$693 10 



50 



SUMMER STREET. 



This street has been completed at the contract price of 
$297. It was thought advisable by the Board to lengthen 
out the bridge at the junction of Main street, which was clone 
at an expense of $19.54. The driveways of Messrs. J. H. 
Pope and G. A. Howard having been damaged by building 
the street, they were repaired at a cost of $7.55, making the 
whole expense of building the street : 

Go wing & Sweetser's contract, 
Lengthening out bridge, . 

Repairing driveways, .... 



$297 


00 


19 


54 


7 


55 



$324 09 



GREENWOOD STREET, 



A survey of this street has been made, a plan drawn, sub- 
mitted to and adopted by the town. We would recommend 
that bound stones be placed at the several angles of the street 
as soon as practicable. 



WINN STREET. 



This street is being built by Mr John. G. Morrill, and will 
be completed at an early day without expense to the town. 



CLAIM OF THOMAS GAFFEY. 



The sum of thirteen dollars was allowed and paid to 
Thomas Gaffey for damages to his well and fence by changing 



the grade of Bennett street. 



CLAIM OF P. J. REAGAN. 



This is a claim for damages on account of gravel taken be- 
low the grade established by the Road Commissioners in 
1872, in laying out the gravel pit on Highland and Vernon 
streets. Unsettled. 



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WATER STREET BRIDGE. 



This bridge has been enlarged and rebuilt throughout at an 
expense of $108.41. 



CLAIM OF DAVID FLANDERS. 



In accordance with a vote of the town the sum of seventy 
dollars was paid in full settlement of this claim. 



CLAIM OF JAMES FRENCH. 

This claim has been settled upon payment by the town of 
§292.94. 

TOWN HALL BUILDING. 

The lockup under this building having been found insuffi- 
cient for the detention of prisoners, a contract was made 
with Mr. Wm, K. Perkins to brick up the archway leading 
to the main cellar, put on an iron door, and for grating the 
windows. The old boiler having 1 become worthless, a new 
one was purchased of E. Hodge & Co., of East Boston. 
The expense of these and other repairs on the building has 
been as follows : 

Wm. K. Perkins, on lockup, .... 
E. Hodge & Co., boiler, 

Wm. K. Perkins, setting " 
Descafeo & Boulger, piping for boiler, 
Repairs on roof, ..... 
Painting outside wood work, ... 

$721 88 
The old boiler was sold for $50, and that amount placed in 
the hands of the Town Treasurer. 

FURNISHING YALE ENGINE CO.'S HALL. 

The sum of $100 was .appropriated by the town for this 
purpose, but the new Company having replevinecl and held 
the furniture taken from the hall, the appropriation has not 
been expended. 



$92 


00 


370 


00 


125 


00 


4G 


20 


38 


84 


49 


84 



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BIPwD HOUSES. 



A contract was made with George H. Teague by which 
one hundred houses were made and put up at an expense of 
$24. The amount appropriated by the town for this purpose 

was $30. 



THE SMALL COMMON. 



The matter of placing edgestones around this common was 
referred to the Selectmen by vote of the town, but no appro- 
priation having been made for this purpose, nothing has been 
done. 



THE DISPOSITION 

of the small strip of land laying between Lake Avenue and 
the land of the Congregational Society, having been referred 
to the Board by vote of the town we would respectfully 
recommend that the Town Treasurer be authorized to deed to 
the Congregational Society the above mentioned strip of 
land at the same price per foot as was paid by the town for 
e land purchased from the Society. 

TOWN HISTORIES. 

« 

Six hundred and nineteen copies of the town histories have 
been sold, and sixty-three copies remain on hand. $(518 of 
the amount received has been paid to the Treasurer and five 
dollars remain in the hands cf the Selectmen. Total amount 
received from sale of histories, $623. 



E. L. MURKLAND, ) Selectmen 
JAMES OLIVER, \ of 
B. B. BURBANK, ) Wakefield. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT. 



The valuation of the Real and Persona] Estate, taxed in 
this town, May 1, 1876, is as follows : 



Eeal Estate, 
Personal Estate, 



. $3,208,025 00 
810,485 00 



Total valuation, . . $4,024,510 00 

Whole number of Polls, . 1,422 

Total tax on Polls at $2.00 each, . . . $2,844 00 

Rate of Taxation, $13.20 on $1000. 

Total amount assessed, .... $55,8G2 32 

Town Grant, . . $49,537 20 

State Tax, . . 4,572 00 



Count v Tax. 



1,595 52 



$55,704 72 

Total tax, including tax upon Residents' Bank 

stock and Overlay, 

"Whole number of Dwelling Houses taxed, 

" ' 4 " Horses " 

" " " Cows " 

" " " Acres of Land " 

Value of Real Estate and Machinery of 

Corporations, .... 

Value of Real Estate exempted by law from 

taxation, ..... 



. $55,862 32 


1,024 


258 


175 


. 3,915 3-4 


$432,650 00 


$144,500 00 



(Signed.) 



Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES OLIVER, 
DAVID PERKINS, 



Assessors 

of 
DAVID BATCHELDER, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 10, 1877. 



ENGINEERS' RE 



We herewith submit our report of the Fire Department 
for the year ending March 8th, 1877. 

All the apparatus is in good condition at the present time, 
and we have not added any to our hose, but have condemned 
two hundred feet. There is twenty-five hundred feet of hose 
in s:ood condition. We will endorse the suggestion of the 
former Board of Engineers, to the necessity of providing in 
some manner for an increased water supply for fire purposes 
in that part of the town west of the Boston & Maine Kail- 
road, also near the Franklin street school-house. 

The losses of the past yeav are as follows : — May 19, 1876, 
a house belonging to W. W. Bessey, Wiley Place ; total loss, 
valued at $1800, insured for $1500. June 29, 1876, house 
on Wiley Hill, owned by John Kelley, valued at $450 ; total 
loss. June 22, 1876, Perkins' Block; loss $15. Oct. 1, 
1876, old lumber, Green street; loss small. October 3, 
1876, Boston & Maine depot; loss $5. July 23, 1876, fire 
at Reading, the Department was out. 

We take this opportunity to tender our thanks to the offi- 
cers and members of the Fire Department, for the efficient 
manner in which they have performed all duties as firemen. 
To the Board of Selectmen, for their respect and courtesy 
shown the Board at all times. 

In closing our report w T e also tender our thanks in behalf 
of the town for the efficient services rendered by the firemen 
of the C. Wakefield, No. 2. Gratuitous. Last but not 
least, the Fountain. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. H. WALTON, ) Engineers 
CYRUS N. WHITE, V ' of 
PL L. DAY, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 8, 1877. 



POLICE REPORT. 



Whole number of arrests for the }~ear ending March 1st, 

1877, was 83. 



rrested for drunkenness, 


21 


" selling liquor, 


6 


44 assault, 


25 


44 larceny, ... 


14 


44 malicious mischief, 


1 


44 vagrants, . 


3 


44 keeping dogs without license, 


3 


44 peddling " 44 


2 


44 insanity, . 


3 


44 on capias, . 


3 



83 



The police have furnished twenty-eight travelling paupers 
with lodging during the year. 

DANIEL CAEEY, 



Chief of Police. 



Wakefield, March 1, 1877. 



REPORT OF APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, 



Wakefield, March 10th, 1876, 



The Committee chosen by the Town at a meeting, Februa- 
ry 21st, 1877, to prepare a list of Appropriations to be acted 
upon at the Annual Town Meeting to be holden on Monday, 
April 2d, 1877, have carefully attended to that duty, and 
would respectfully recommend the following appropriations, 
viz. : 

For payment of Town Debt, .... $6,00000 

payment of Interest on Town Debt, . . 9,000 00 

Schools, 11,000 00 

School Contingent Fund, .... 1,00000 
Beebe Town Library — the funds now in 

hands of Town Treasurer from dog tax, and 200 00 

Poor Department, 4,000 00 

Highways and Bridges, .... 3,000 00 

Fire Department, 2,400 00 

Town Officers' Salaries, .... 2,700 00 

Street Lamps, ..... 1,200 00 

Miscellaneous Expenses, .... 3,500 00 



Total, $44,000 00 

We would recommend that the compensation of Enginemen 
for the year commencing May 1st, 1877, be fixed at fifteen 
dollars and their poll tax. Also, that the Town instruct the 
Overseers of the Poor not to exceed the sum appropriated, 
unless actually necessary to prevent suffering among the 
poor of the Town. 

We would also recommend that the compensation of Town 



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Officers for the ensuing year's services be fixed at the follow- 



ing .sums, viz : 



For Treasurer, 
Town Clerk, 
Board of Selectmen, 
Board of Assessors, 
Board of Overseers of Poor, 
Board of School Committee, 
Board of Engineers, 
Board of Auditors, 
Tax Collector, 





$50 00 




100 00 




450 00 




350 00 




150 00 




200 00 




75 00 




100 00 




400 00 



Respectfully submitted . 



JAMES OLIVER. 
T. E. BALCH. 
M. S. SOUTHWORTH. 
W. S. GREENOUGH. 
EVERETT W. EATON. 
FREEMAN EMMONS. 
G. PI. SWEETSER. 
W. G. SKINNER. 
LUCIUS BEEBE.' 
WM. F. YOUNG, 
R. L. MURKLAND. 
JOHN WINSHIP. 
EVERETT HART. 
JOHN G. MORRILL. 
II. H. SAVAGE. 
SILAS W. FLINT. 
E. A. UPTON. 
ABRAM GOULD. 
JOSHUA PERIIAM. 
B. W. OLIVER. 



App i 'op ) ■ ia tion Co m m ittee . 



'EE'S REPORT. 



We beg leave to submit the following report : 

The attention of the Commissioners of Inland Fisheries' 
was first directed to the Saugus River in June of last year, 
by a petition from about one hundred of the people living in 
the vicinity of this river, asking that it be opened for the 
passage of Alewives and other fish. Their attention was 
again directed to it in September last by the Selectmen, who, 
at the town meeting held August thirtieth, were authorized, 
by vote of the town, to request them to open this river for 
the passage of migratory fish. But, previous to this meeting, 
the Commissioners had examined the river, and decided to 
open it, and had notified the owners of the dams to put in 
fishways. At present none of the fish ways are completed, 
but some of the Mill Owners are bavins: them constructed, 
and others have given assurance that they will have theirs 
built previous to the tenth of April next, when we expect 
that there will be an unobstructed passageway for fish from 
the sea to Lake Quannapowitt. As the expense of building 
these fishways falls upon the Mill Owners, it will be unjust 
to them if the fown does not thoroughly re-stock the river 
and lake. 

STOCKING THE RIVER. 

We have done nothing toward re-stocking the river with 
Alewives, as we were appointed too late in the season to pro- 
cure any of these fish. In December last we received from 
the Commissioners twelve thousand California Salmon, with 
which we stocked the river, and during the coming Spring 
we expect to receive as large if not a larger supply of Shad 
from them for this river; and during the months of April 



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and May the town should stock it with Alewives, and the 

town can well afford to, considering the immense return which 
the fish are sure to yield. As nearly every person in this 
town knows or has heard, tons and tons of these fish were 
taken from this river year after year, until some twenty years 
or more since, when they were all shut oil* from their spawn- 
ing grounds in our ponds by the dams in Saugus. If, when 
this occurred, the people had been as sensitive to their rights 
as the}' now are, and not waited until the fish were killed 
out, much time, labor and expense would have been saved. 
The Commissioners in their report, speaking of this river, 
say, "the Saugus River though small is a fine one and capa- 
ble of sustaining a large number of fish ;" and Mr. E. A. 
Brackett, the Commissioner who examined the river, gave as 
his opinion "that if the river is thoroughly stocked with 
them, and they are allowed time to accumulate, that fifty to 
one hundred tons of them can be taken every year, and there 
will then be enough left to keep the supply good." 

CLOSING THE IUVER. 

In January last, acting under the advice of the Commis- 
sioners, we drew 'up a bill which prohibited taking these fish 
(Shad, Salmon and Ale wives) until the first day of January, 
eighteen hundred and eighty-two. This bill was presented 
in the Legislature by Thomas Winship, Esq. ; it has been 
passed by both the Senate and the House, and on February 
sixteenth was signed by the Governor, *so that it is now a 
law. Annexed is a copy of the bill. 

CONDITION OF THE RIVER. 

We desire to call the attention of the town to the fact that 
this river, through the swamp in this town near the Lynnfield 
line, is nearly filled with vegetable and other accumulations 
of the past twenty or thirty years, and that it is difficult for 
fish to pass through this place, especially during the summer 
months when the water is low, while in the river at either 
side of this swamp there is sufficient water for their passage 



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the year through, and it is necessary that either the river 
through this swamp should he cleaned out, or that a ditch 
should he dug outside of the swamp suitable for the passage 
of tish. 

LAKE QUANXAPOWITT. 

Smith's Pond in this town is leased to private parties, and 
several other ponds in neighboring towns are also leased, and 
as a natural consequence Lake Quannapowitt is. being fished 
to death. At the time we petitioned the Legislature for the 
act closing the river, it was su<r<rested bv several that we 
should include in that bill the Pickerel and Perch in this lake ; 
but closing a river is different from closing a pond. Ponds 
are under the control of the Commissioners of Inland Fish- 
eries, who are ready at any time to give a lease of any pond 
to the town in which it is located, they requiring that the 
town receiving the lease shall within one vear stock it with 
useful fish, (they specifying the kind and number,) and that 
after it is stocked, all fishing shall be prohibited therein for 
four years, so, if the town should take a lease of this pond, 
it could be easify arranged so that the dosed time on both 
river and pond, would expire at the same time. If the town 
authorize us to take this lease the Commissioners have agreed 
to furnish us four or five thousand land locked or fresh 
water Salmon with which to stock it, free of expense. And 
in our opinion the town will sooner or later be obliged to take 
this lease in self defence, if for no other reason, as at the 
present rate of fishing in this pond, in two years there will be 
no fish left. And then a Gain, if the town does not take this 
lease, the Commissioners may lease it to private parties. 

Re sp e ctf ully submitt e d , 

OSCAR STOWELL, ) w . , 
C. P. POLAND, \ n 2 t8n . 

THOS. GOULD, ) committee. 



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An Act for the prof ection of SJiad, Salmon and Alewives 
in Lake Quannapowitt and Saugus River: 

Section 1 . No person shall fish with a net or seine in Luke 
Quannapowitt, or in Saugus River, or its tributary streams in 
the counties of Middlesex and Essex, other than the one run- 
ning from "Flax Pond"' in the "city of Lynn," nor in any 
manner take or eateli any Shad, Salmon or Alewives in said 
waters until the iirst day of January, in the year eighteen 
hundred and eighty-two, under the penalty of fifty cents for 
each alewife, one dollar for each Shad, and ten dollars for 
each Salmon so taken. Provided, that the several "fish com- 
mittees" of the towns of Wakefield and Saugus, or such per- 
son or persons as may be authorized by them, may take such 
fish as may be required to re-stock said river and its tributaries. 

Sec. 2. The several "fish committees" of the towns of 
Wakefield and Saugus, or any member or members of said 
committees, ma)' remove any and all nets, seines, weirs or 
other fishing apparatus used in violation of the provisions of 
this act. 

Sec. 3. Any person avIio shall place or cause to be placed 
in the waters of Lake Quannapowitt, or of the Saugus Kiver 
or any of its tributaries, not herein exempt, or who shall 
cause to How into said waters any substance whereby the fish 
therein may be destroyed or injured, or their passage hin- 
dered or obstructed, shall be punished by a fine not exceed- 
ing fifty dollars for each offence. 

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

February 1(3, 1877. 



STATISTICS 



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RECAPITULATION. 



Births registered in 1876, 
Males , 
Females, 

Nativity of Parents. 
Born in Wakefield, 

Other towns in the United States, 

British Provinces, 

Ireland, 

England, 

Scotland, 

Prussia, 



128: 



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Mothers 


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8 


54 


45 


. 12 


14 


. 41 


49 


. 6 


9 


. 3 


3 


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Marriages registered in 1876, . 

Nativity. Grooms, 

Born in Wakefield, . . . . .9 

Other towns in the United States 

British Provinces, 

England, 

Ireland, . 

Scotland, 

Sweden, 

Unknown, 



Number under 20 years of age, 
between 20 and 30, 
between 30 and 40, 
between 40 and 50, 
between 50 and 60, 
between 60 and 70, 



28 

. 

. 3 

. 7 

. 2 

. 1 

. 

Grooms. 
. 
. 34 
. 11 
. 2 
. 1 



50 

Brides. 
9 

26 
4 
3 
7 


1 

Brides. 
3 
41 
4 
2 





75 



Oldest Groom, . 04 


Oldest Bride, 


. 43 


Youngesl " . 21 


Youngest " 


. 17 


First marriage of 


88 persons. 




Second. " 


11 




Third 


1 





100 



Deatlis registered in 1876, 

Males, . 44 Females, 

Average age, 35 years 5 months 19 days. 
Number under 5 years of age, . 

between 5 and 10, 

between 10 and 20, 

between 20 and 30, 

between 30 and 40, 

between 40 and 50, . 

between 50 and 60, 

between 60 and 70, 

between 70 and 80, 

between 80 and 90, 

between 90 and 100, 

still-born, 



50 couples. 



42 



86 



18 

5 
9 
9 
6 
5 
7 
7 
6 
7 
2 
5 



Nativity of persons deceased. 

Born in W akefield, .... 

Other towns in the United States, 
British Provinces, 
Ireland, ..... 
Unknown, ..... 



37 

40 
1 

7 
1 



Dogs licensed in 1876, 

Males, . 208 

Cash paid County Treasurer, 



Females 



17 



225 



$456 00 



CHARLES F. HAETSHOKNE, 

Town Cleric. 



BEPOBT Of THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 



The school year just concluded, has been a prosperous one. 
There have been few interruptions from the severity of the 
weather, or from sickness ; and the work of the school room 
has been successfully prosecuted. Our schools, however, 
are not yet perfect ; and while we take pleasure in their gen- 
I progress, we may well consider their wants and defects, 
and as parents or citizens, lend our aid in.makiug them effect- 
ive and useful, to the full measure of their capability. The 
first topic to which we invite attention is 

SINGING. 

ith a full conviction of the importance of Singing, as a 
branch of education that omrht to be tauffht in our schools, 
we have, in different annual reports, heartily commended it 
to the town. While a majority of the people have coincided 
with us, and upon several years voted a sufficient supply of 
money to employ a teacher, others have not seen the wisdom 
of such an expenditure, and have been unwilling that public 
funds should be so employed. We think that there are sonic 
important views of the subject, which those who raise ob- 
jections fail to take. It is the united testimony of those most 
conversant with the effects of musical instruction in the 
schools, that, among all the branches which influence, direct- 
ly, the order and discipline of a school, there is none that 
can compare with singing. If the pulse of a school can be 
made to beat in unison and heartily, fifteen minutes twice a 
day, the teacher can easily govern the rest of the time. Dis- 
cipline is thwarted not so much by designed and malicious 



77 



effort, as by thoughtless roughness, and a lack of apprecia- 
tion of what is gentle and sympathetic. We may say that 
the mam business of a school is to arouse and guide the in- 
tellect — and perhaps that is true ; but a sharp intellect will 
not make a good character, if joined with coarse feelings ; 
and while the intellect is being trained, it is not well to neg- 
lect the feelings. Do we not say that scholars must love 
their school, else they will not be benefited? But love is a 
feeling that grammar and arithmetic will not always touch. 
Indeed, many a scholar whom such studies would almost 
drive from school, is kept, and made happy, by an entirely 
different class of influences. Let any one w T ho doubts the 
efficacy of singing in our schools, visit some of them when 
that exercise is in progress, and see the evident pleasure that 
some of the roughest boys take in that particular employ- 
ment, and he would say that, as an antidote to their rough- 
ness, and as a means of attaching pupils to the school, siug- 
ing cannot but be decidedly and greatly useful. 

But a knowledge of the rudiments of music, in itself con- 
sidered, is by no means of slight importance, and, when ob- 
tained in childhood, it is a means of £ood influence and en- 
joyment through life. True, schools are to acquaint pupils 
with practical matters ; but what are practical matters ? A 
boy learns how to extract the square root, but how many 
times do the majority of boys who learn that useful problem 
ever have occasion to employ it in life ? Still, the knowledge 
of it is practical, and it is so because, in getting it, the boy 
gains discipline of mind that will lend him help, whether he 
stands behind a counter, handles a plane, or runs a railroad. 
The same is true with respect to everything that corrects his 
feelings, and takes the discordant things out of his character. 
It is practical, because it fits him better for his duties as a. 
citizen and a man. 

But some one says, "The expense is too great." How 
great is it? We propose to pay the teacher of singing 8500. 
The whole amount of money paid in taxes last year in this 
town was £55,860. Calling it $50,000, the music teacher 
received one per cent, of it. He, then, received one cent- 



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out of each dollar paid. Suppose a man paid a tax on a 
thousand dollars ; his whole tax, including his poll tax, last 
year was $15.20 ; of that sum fifteen cents went to the teach- 
er of singing. Suppose that man had four children in the 
schools ; he then paid for each child, for forty lessons in sing- 
ing, given by a skillful teacher, and for frequent practice 
through the year, the large sum of less than four cents. 
But many of our citizens pay only a poll tax. Such a man, 
taxed $2, paid to the music teacher last year, for each child, 
two cents. Not a very extravagant sum, especially when 
taken in connection with the fact that this instruction, if not 
given then, would, in many cases, be given later, at a vastly 
increased rate of expense. A singing school, to give pre- 
cisely the same training, would cost say two dollars per quar- 
ter of twenty lessons. Comparing the results, we have two 
cents for forty lessons, against two dollars for twenty lessons, 
or two cents now, against four dollars then. 

But it may be said that a portion of the scholars cannot 
learn to sing. The first answer to this objection is, that some 
scholars cannot learn arithmetic ; but we do not, on that ac- 
count, banish that study, nor release such scholars from the 
effort to learn something about the science of numbers. 
Every one who professes to be intelligent ought to know 
something about the principles of an art so common and use- 
ful as that of sin^ins:, whether he has a voice to make music 
or not. And the second reply is, that when singing is taught 
in the primary schools and each grade above, the number of 
those boys and girls who think they have no voice for sing- 
ing is very much smaller than when it is not taught there. 
Lowell Mason says — "It is a well known fact that adults sel- 
dom acquire any sounds in a foreign language that are not in 
their own. But put a child in a foreign family, and he will 
soon get all their peculiar tones. He can learn by imitation, 
while his organs are flexible and pliant. This is true not 
only of the voice, but also of the ear. What is technically 
called a musical ear, is chiefly the result of education. Neg- 
lect the ear, and it becomes dull, and unable to discriminate. 
The musical talent is wanting in only a few. Most of those 



79 



who suppose themselves to be destitute of it, have only let 
fche tiiiir in which the talent, small in itself, was capable of 
Improvement, pass by, unimproved." Others confirm his 
opinion ; and, probably, in nine cases out often, the absence 
of a musical car and voice is not owing to any oversight of 
Nature, but to a neglect of her gifts. 

Since, therefore, singing in our schools is greatly promot- 
ive of good discipline, and is in itself a most desirable acqui- 
sition, and can be enjoyed at a rate of expense to each tax- 
payer that is really very small indeed, the Committee feel 
confident that the town will agree with them in the opinion 
that it ought to be retained. 

SCHOOL ACCOMMODATIONS . 

In the last annual report, a detailed account was given of 
the action of the Committee upon a proposition that had been 
made, to build a school-house west of the Boston & Maine 
railroad. One of the chief reasons for agitating the subject 
at that time, was the crowded condition of the schools in the 
Centre Ward. The same reason continuing this year, the 
subject came again before us, and the whole matter — includ- 
ing the examination of sites, and inquiries as to the expense 
of such a building as would be required — was carefully con- 
sidered. A measure of relief would be obtained by furnish- 
ing a room in the third story of the new High School build- 
ing ; but there were weighty objections against establishing 
a school in that room. The construction of the building is 
such that the stairway leading to the room is a long one, ex- 
posing to accident ; and the entrance to the room is reached 
only through the lower halls and stairways used by the High 
School. It was feared that there would be more or less in- 
terference between the schools, and that the progress of both 
would be retarded. As, however, the erection of a new 
building would bring a burden of expense not easily to be 
borne at the present time ; and as it was seen that such 
changes might be made in the means of access to the room 
as would avert danger, it was decided to postpone the rec- 



80 

ommendation to build, and provide quarters for one addi- 
tional school, in the place in question. The town was asked 
for $1000, to prepare the room for occupancy. The sum of 
$700, was granted — a sum large enough to furnish the room, 
but not to make any changes in the stairways. Whether the 
committee would have deemed it best, on mature delibera- 
tion, to make the changes, if the means had been given them, 
is uncertain ; but the withholding of the means released them 
from the necessit}^ of considering the matter, as well as from 
responsibility in connection with it. Thus far, though there 
has been unavoidable interference, 'to some extent, between the 
schools, nothing has occurred to lead us to doubt that the 
right solution of the question was adopted. The room itself, 
after it is reached, is well adapted to school purposes, and 
there is satisfaction in knowing that the High School build- 
ing is made useful to a greater extent than before, while the 
pressure upon the schools on the hill has been relieved. 

It is quite probable, however, that the question of build- 
ing a house west of the railroad will very soon present itself 
again. The inhabitants in that part of the town are becom- 
ing numerous, and a due regard to their convenience will re- 
quire that, at no distant day, one be erected. 

The Committee take pleasure in saying that the school- 
houses are now all in good condition, and will require but 
slight expenditures in the way of repairs during the coining 
year. All of them, save those in the Grammar School build- 
ing, have been newly furnished within a few years, and they 
are both cheerful and convenient. The only exceptiou to 
this remark exists, perhaps, in connection with the new High 
School building. It is feared that a due regard to the health 
of the pupils will demand that the closets, now in the base- 
ment, be removed to a building to be erected outside. If 
the experience of another summer shall repeat that of the 
last, it is possible that an appropriation will be asked, for the 
purpose here stated. 

DISCIPLINE . 

The importance of kind, firm and judicious discipline can- 



81 



not be over-rated. Like many important things, however, 
it is sometimes difficult of attainment. The theory which 
the Committee, have long held, is expressed in this phrase — 
Corporal punishment permitted, but not practised. It in- 
volves no humiliation, to confess that Ave have rarely seen 
this theory crystalized into fact ; yet we are happy to say that 
in some of our schools, resort to the rod is never indulged, 
while in others it is brought into requisition more frequently 
than is desirable. 

In order to reduce corporal punishment to a minimum, it 
has been our practice to direct teachers to suspend, tempora- 
rily, disobedient pupils, and send them to the Committee, 
with the understanding that they cannot be admitted again 
without a note of permission from some member of the 
Board. There are several advantages in this method of set- 
tling difficulties. It removes vexing and exciting matters 
from the school-room ; it often averts the necessity of using 
the rod ; it enables the Committee to bring upon the pupil 
the pressure of another class of motives, and, sometimes, a 
higher class. Refractory scholars are apt to think that teach- 
ers are their natural enemies ; and, therefore, they Avithstand 
appeals made by them to their better nature. The Commit- 
tee do not stand in exactly that light to them ; and it is be- 
lieved that there are not a few instances in which not only a 
given difficulty was settled, but .a favorable turn given to a 
boy's action, and even character. 

But there are disadvantages in this method of maintaining 
school discipline. It consumes a good deal of time that the 
Committee can poorly spare ; it tends to destroy the impres- 
sion that the teacher is, for the time being, the ruler; and, 
therefore, blunts the point of school law. As in society at 
large, so in school-rooms, the brief words, "Thou shalt,"and 
"Thou shalt not," have a place ; and it is a matter of doubt 
whether the command, "Thou shalt," with the rod following 
in case of disobedience, is not better for the good of the 
child, than any efforts to patch up a truce, through the agen- 
cy of the Committee. Much as we may denounce corporal 
punishment, it is not yet certain that avc are more successful 



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in forming strong and self-reliant and sinewy characters, than 
were the school-masters of former times, with their tough 
birches and heavy ferules. Without question, the people, 
both young and old, have grown active, nervous and excita- 
ble ; and methods used safely, formerly, could not be used so 
safely now. The attention and best exertions of both Com- 
mittee and teachers should be used to discover and employ 
methods of discipline which will be effective, without being 
severe, and which, while they secure the good order of the 
school-room, shall help those scholars in whom the more 
faulty traits of character have an undue natural development. 
We allude to this subject here, for the purpose of explaining 
the manner in which the present practice of referring cases 
of discipline to the Committee, has arisen; and also to cor- 
rect the misapprehension which exists in the minds of some, 
that, when a scholar is sent to the Committee, he is expelled 
from school. Teachers have the right to suspend, for the 
purpose specified, but not to expel. 

We farther desire to call the attention of parents and guar- 
dians to the power they have, by judicious care over their 
children and wards, greatly to reduce the difficulties in main- 
taining good discipline in the schools. The most troublesome 
cases are those in which the pupils are sustained by the un- 
thinking, often unconscious, countenance of their parents. 

ATTENDANCE . 

It needs no argument to show that the success of the schol- 
ar depends greatly upon his constant attendance. Pupils 
often think — and parents take too little pains to correct the 
mistake — that they can leave their places for a day, without 
detriment to their progress. This is a great error. Absence, 
even for a day, is sometimes felt by a scholar through the 
term ; and the true secret of the loss of interest in their 
studies which pupils often show, is to be found in the diver- 
sion of their thoughts, which a single absence occasioned. 
The constant endeavors of the teachers, we are glad to be- 
lieve, have lessened the evil, but it is still too great, and the 



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co-operation of the parents in still farther reducing it, is 
earnestly desired. 

There is one cause of tardy attendance, recently grown 
into importance, which merits a distinct notice. Enterprise 
among the boys is an excellent trait, but the town has not 
heretofore suffered from the absence of newsboys ; and the 
reading public would probably endure the deprivation, should 
it remain destitute of their services still longer. They 
would do it more willingly, if they knew that the schools are 
greatly disturbed by the tardy appearance of eight or ten of 
these youthful merchants, who, besides being late, are often 
tired, and totally unfit for their morning duties. If parents 
and news-dealers can aid in diminishing the evil, their aid is 
hereby earnestly invoked, else the Committee may feel im- 
pelled to direct the teachers to disregard the excuses which 
the aforesaid merchants bring. 

The High, the .Advanced Grammar, and the Grammar 
Schools, maintain a high percentage of attendance ; and the 
Committee take pleasure in commending the care of the 
teachers, by which it is secured. The other schools encoun- 
ter grealer difficulties in reaching the same standard, and the 
efforts of the teachers to overcome these, entitle them to 
commendation, though their apparent success is less. 

THE SCHOOLS. 

There have been a larger number of changes in the corps 
of teachers than upon some years ; but, though some loss 
has been suffered thereby, the schools, generally, have been 
carefully and successfully taught. One new school has been 
formed during the year. It is not necessary to speak with 
particularity of all the schools, but a few words regarding a 
portion of them may not be amiss. 

THE HIGH SCHOOL. 

This has remained under the charge of Mr. M. J. Hill and 
Miss Eliza M. Greenwood. The year has been characterized 
by diligence, hard work, a good degree of harmony, and sue- 



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cess. Early last year the school gave a highly successful 
exhibition, for the purpose of replenishing their library. One 
hundred and twenty standard books — scientific, biographic, 
historic, including dictionaries and other books of reference — 
were added. A class of four graduated last year. The 
exercises of graduation were held in the Town Hall, June 
29th. An Allegory, very skillfully represented by a large 
portion of the scholars, formed a part of the exercises. A 
large audience was present. The Chairman of the Commit- 
tee presented diplomas to the class, consisting of 

Dora Freeman, Harvey W. Brown, 

Nellie A. Miller, Wilbur A. Eideout. 

It is a matter of regret, that so small a number of scholars 
in the High School continue their studies to graduation. An 
examination of school reports of other towns shows that a 
similar evil exists elsewhere. For the evil, different persons 
would probably assign different reasons, and most of such 
reasons would, perhaps, be entitled to attention. Some have 
said that the instruction s>iven in our High School is not suf- 
ficiently practical, and that scholars are removed to other 
schools to acquire special training for the employments they 
design to pursue. Such a reason, of course, presents no ob- 
jection to the school, inasmuch as it is not possible for a 
school, standing upon the basis upon which all High Schools 
in towns like ours stand, to do a work of that character. 
The most that such schools can do is to furnish a general 
mental cultivation, which may serve as a groundwork for any 
species of particular training. A single glance will show 
that it is quite impossible that it should do more than this. 
If one parent should ask that the school should fit his sou for 
commercial life, another might claim that it should give his, ex- 
tended instruction in Music, or French, or Drawing, or some 
special branch of Mechanics. There is a certain groundwork 
of education, comprising a knowledge of the rudiments of 
the sciences, and a certain facility in mental operations, and 
a good acquaintance with the correct method of using Ian- 



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giiage, and an acquisition of a good style of penmanship, 
with other matters of a kindred nature, which every person 
ought to have before he enters upon any special training. 
The office of the High School is to complete this ground- 
work. 

The duty of the Committee having charge of such a school, 
is to devise courses of study that shall best secure such ends. 
These courses of study are to meet the wants of a variety of 
minds, but they are to conduct all to the same result. They 
are to be adjusted so as to secure the largest amount of men- 
tal discipline, and knowledge of the rudiments of the sciences, 
and acquaintance with language, and acquisition of that which 
is of the nature of art — as Drawing, Penmanship, &c. In 
the effort to do this, we have designedly established courses 
of study which demand a great deal of hard work. And we 
require the teachers to exert all reasonable pressure upon the 
pupils to awaken their powers, and to induce within them 
habits of close and patient study. There are two prevalent 
ideas of the school-room. One is, that it is a place in which 
to learn how to work, and to do work ; the other is, that it 
is a place to study and practise embellishments. The first 
idea we adopt; the last we discard. The views of commit- 
tees, however, do not always meet the views of scholars ; 
and, probably, the hard work required in the High School has 
lost to it the presence of some scholars. It is a question 
which parents should consider with much care, whether, if a 
pupil's health is firm, it would not be wise to keep him in 
school, even against his will. The want of harmony between 
teachers and scholars springs from various causes in all 
schools, but in some instances where it has arisen in this 
school, we are convinced that it came from the cause we have 
specified. There is another reason : 

Mindful of the large expenditures of the town for the 
High School, and wishing to save expense, w T e have refrained 
from employing such a number of teachers as are essential, in 
our view, to its highest prosperity. The three courses of 
study which have taken the place of the one formerly used, 
have led to an increase in the number of studies. The nurn- 



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ber of teachers remaining the same, it is, of course, impossi- 
ble that scholars should recite as often, or receive as much 
personal attention from the teachers, as they once con id. 
Still, lessons must be learned, even without assistance, and 
without extended explanations at recitations ; and the de- 
mand that pupils should learn what was blind and difficult, 
without a teacher's aid, has probably resulted in the discour- 
agement and the withdrawal of some. There probably can- 
not be found in our vicinity, a High School as large as ours, 
having three courses of study as advanced as those in cur 
school, in which but two teachers are employed. These facts 
are here stated as a matter of justice to the teachers. It is 
but right that the difficulties which they meet should be un- 
derstood. With all these difficulties, however, the results of 
their labors — as the irood order of the school, and the very 
creditable attainments of the graduates invariably illustrate 
them — are worthy of public recognition and commendation. 
It is quite certain that parents, by the refusal to allow the 
withdrawal of their sons and daughters from school, except 
for the most imperative reasons, can do much to promote its 
efficiency. 

THE ADVANCED GRAMMAR SCHOOL. 

Under the instruction of Mrs. M. E. Went worth, this 
school has performed its usual excellent service in fitting pu- 
pils for the High School. It receives scholars from all the 
higher schools in the outer Wards, and from the Grammar 
School, and a'ives them a thorough drill, extending throua'h 
one and two years. Experience has shown the value of the 
instruction given, and proved the school to be a very import- 
ant link in our educational chain. 

THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL — NO. I. 

This is one of our most useful schools, and, under the 
care of its successful teacher — Miss Abbie S. Perkins — has 
enjoyed a prosperous year. It became necessary to transfer 
it from the old High School building, to the upper room in 



87 



the new. The transfer was made at the beginning of the 
winter term, and the present quarters have been found spa- 
cious, well tilted to the purposes of a school, and — save in 
the matter of reaching and leaving them — very agreeable. 

THE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS— NOS. II AND III, 

taught respectively by Miss Sara L. Thomas and Miss Annie 
M. Warren, have made good progress, and well attest the 
faithfulness and skill of their teachers. The first of these 
schools was under the charge of Miss Ella M. Pinkham — a 
teacher highly esteemed by us — who, at the opening of 
the year, resigned. Miss Thomas was advanced to 
fill the vacancy, and though she encountered difficulty at 
the outset, she overcame it, and has met with her usual suc- 
cess. Her promotion led to a series of changes which met 
the wishes of many, in the reduction of expense, without se- 
riously impairing the efficiency of the schools. 

THE TRAINING SCHOOL. 

We have explained, in former reports, the plan pursued 
in this school ; and reported the degree of success which 
might justly be claimed for it. We have never spoken 
of it as having passed beyond the experimental stage, nor 
do we now deem it to have done so. Fortunately, it involves 
no extra expense, and interrupts no system of instruction, — 
so that it may' be continued or abolished, according as expe- 
rience shall show either its utility or inutility. In some re- 
spects, it has vindicated its usefulness. Six of our schools 
are now in charge of teachers who, having graduated at the 
High School, enjoyed, in addition, the advantages of the 
Training School ; and it is only fair to say that some of them 
have achieved very decided success, while as a whole, they 
are as successful as any equal number of recent graduates of 
the Normal School would probably be. There is, of course, 
a limit, beyond which it would not be wise to appoint teach- 
ers who had received no other training than that furnished 



88 



in a town like ours. The Trustees of colleges frequently 
judge it best to appoint professors educated at some other 
college than their own ; for they see an advantage in availing 

*— ' • (D CD 

themselves of kinds of training in use beyond their own lim- 
its. The same fact should have weight with us. Indeed, 
we have, during the year, put the same idea in practice. 
Deeming it desirable to introduce into our primary schools a 
method of teaching somewhat allied to that employed in the 
Kindergarten svstem, and knowing that the graduates of the 
Training School had not enjoyed the peculiar instruction 
necessary, we felt justified in neg lectins their claims, though 
thinking well of their general qualifications, and going else- 
where for a teacher. Still, if we can raise up competent 
teachers from among ourselves, there are manifest reasons 
why we should do so, and give a portion of our posts of in- 
struction to them. TTe have seen no disadvantages of the 
Training School, sufficient to demand its discontinuance, and 
know of no reason why it should not be still sustained, if 
there should be graduates of the High School desiring to en- 
joy its benefit. It has been, as heretofore, under the care of 
Miss Elenora Hutchinson, and during most of the year two 
young ladies have been connected with it, and a third has 
been associated with Miss M. J. Hersey, whose skill as a 
teacher by kindergarten methods led to her employment in 
the First Centre Primary School. 

TTe forbear to speak of other schools, not because we lack 
the power to speak of most of them in terms of high com- 
mendation, but because we see no special reasons fen* doing 
so. They have been, as a whole, satisfactory in respect both 
to the order maintained, and the instruction imparted. 



EXPENSES. 

The reduction of appropriations for the support of the 
schools, made at the last annual meeting, led the Committee 
to fear that thev would not be able to carry them through the 
year, without cutting down salaries to an extent that might be 
of serious detriment to the schools. They were, however, 



89 



agreeably disappointed. Until within a very few years, it lias 
been held that the money from the State fund, amounting to 
between two and three hundred dollars, should pass direetly 
into the hands of the School Committee. Three or four 
years ago, however, it was thought by the Selectmen that it 
should be paid into the Treasury of the town. The School 
Committee, though at the time doubting the correctness of 
the opinion, acquiesced in it. This year, the matter was 
brought up again, and, as the law is very clear upon the sub- 
ject, the money in question, together with that for the previ- 
ous year, was allowed to go into the hands of the Committee. 
This increased the amount of funds at our disposal. The 
resignation of two of our teachers, who were among those to 
whom the highest salaries were paid, enabled us to make va- 
rious changes in promoting and transferring teachers, which 
resulted in the saving of more than seven hundred dollars. 
We deem it proper to make these statements, inasmuch as we 
gave it as our opinion, at the last annual meeting, that the 
sum voted would be insufficient. It would have been, but 
for the causes just specified. It should also be understood 
that, by the changes that have been made, expenses have been 
already reduced in the aggregate more than five per cent. 

In regard to the coming year we have to say that, inasmuch 
as the depression in business continues, and reductions in 
salaries for all kinds of services are taking place, and there- 
fore it could not be deemed a hardship should the salaries of 
our teachers be still further reduced, we have thought it 
best to ask for a sum that will involve an additional reduction 
of about ten per cent, in the aggregate. 

We recommend for the support of schools the coming 
year the following sums : 

For Regular Expenses, . . . $11,000 

" Incidental " ... 1,000 

The Committee, as composed at the commencement of the 
year, was soon changed, in respect to some of its members. 
The death of the lamented Henry D. Smith, Esq., and the 
resignation of Mr. Chaplin G. Tyler, led to the election by 



90 



the Selectmen and the Committee, of Mr. T. E. Balch and 
Rev. Charles Keyser, D. D. The ill health and absence from 
town of the last named member, accounts for the absence of 
his name from the Eeport, which is hereby 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES R, BLISS, Chairman.. 

LUCIUS BEEBE. 

THEO. E. BALCH. 

S. K. HAMILTON, Secretary. 

GEO. W. ABORN. 



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NAMES OF TEACHERS, SALARY, AND DATE OF ELECTION 



Names of Schools.. 


Teachers. 


WhenEltcted. 


Salaries. 


High, .... 


Melvin J. Hill, . . 


Mar. 


18G9, 


$1750 pr. yr. 


t i 


Eliza M. Greenwood, 


Jan., 


1876, 


GOO " 


Advanced Gram 1 !*, 


M. E. Wentworth, 


Mar., 


1871, 


700 " 


Ctr. Gram. No. 1, 


Abbie S. Perkins, . 


Sept. 


, 1873, 


1:3 pr. w. 


t ( ( ( ( ( o 

— 5 


Sara L. Thomas, . 


t < 


1872, 


♦ 12 




M. Annie Warren, 


Dec, 


1871, 


12 " 


Ctr. Interme*ate,l, 

(< << 9 


> Elenora Hutchinson, 


Jan . , 


1858, 


650 pr. yr. 


3, 


C. Eveline Sweetser, . 


Mar., 


1856, 


11.50 w. 


Centre Primary, 1, 


Myra A. Stearns, . . 


Sept. 


1875, 


10.00 " 


a (< 9 


Mary J. Hersey, 


Dec., 


1876, 


10.00 " 


West Interme'ate, 


Sophie F. Hamblin, . 


Nov., 


18G8, 


11.50 " 


" Primary, 


L. J. Mansfield, . . 


Sept. 


1871, 


10.50 " 


Franklin St. Int., 


Susie D. Turnbull, 


June, 


187G, 


10.00 " 


" Primary 


Emma L. Upham, 


Sept., 


1874, 


10.00 " 


North Ward, . 


Francella M. Evans, . 


April, 


1862, 


11.50 " 


East Ward, . . 


Annie R. Killorin, 


Sept., 


1873, 


10.50 " 


Woodville, ,. 


A. M. Wiley, . . . 


Nov., 


1875, 


10.00 " 


Greenwood, . . 


Frannie L. Hartshorne, 


Sept., 


1874, 


10.50 " 



Number of scholars between 5 and 15 years of age, May, 1876, 1053. 



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TABLE OF ATTENDANCE. 



SCHOOLS. 



High School, 
Advanced Grammar, 
Central Grammar, No. 1, 
No. 2, 
No. 3, 
" Intermediate, No. 1, 
No. 2, 
No. 3, 
Primary, No. 1, 

No. 2, . 
West Intermediate, . 

" Primary, . 
Franklin Street Intermediate, 

Primary, . 
NorthWard, . 
Eastward, 

Woodville, ... 

Greenwood, 



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50 
53 
55 
53 
57 
58 
37 
53 
53 
42 
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58 
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49 
47 
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54 

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41 
44.5 

33 
39.9 
43.8 

48 
43.2 
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28 

37 



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14 



93 

88 

89 

88 

86 

88.1 

86 

83.2 

82 

75 

83 

82.4 

84 

82 

81 

79.3 



EEPORT OF THE TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Education is a necessity of our being. Every one will 
have it of some kind, and in some degree. Where there is 
intellect it must enlarge, though not necessarily for good, for 
one may learn to lie, cheat and steal, without the knowledge 
derived from schools ; he may be an expert in the arts that 
make accomplished rogues, without the aid of books. Since, 
then, the faculties of the mind must be developed and ex- 
panded, provisions are made through the system of free 
schools, to furnish, for all the youth of our laud, a degree of 
instruction, at least of an intellectual nature. But, mere 
school knowledge is usually inadequate to tit them for all the 
duties to be met with in life's diversified journey. They need 
a wide and varied experience, which is provided for them in 
part, in the lives and writings of others, carefully prepared 
and placed upon the shelves of the Public Library. Inter- 
course with good authors adds lustre to the polish of schools. 
It opens new fields for thought and investigation, and allures 
to greater researches and higher attainments in knowledge. 

But there are those in every community, whose early sur- 
roundings were less favorable for culture, or if the opportu- 
nities were presented, they were not improved. As time 
brings them in contact with the world, and as their judgment 
begins to mature, a feeling of need is experienced; a desire 
to compensate in part, for the past, by laying hold of the op- 
portunities of the present. Nor are they without encourage- 
ment. Their efforts are aided by a collection of books which 



94 



contain every variety of help. In some brandies of science 
they cannot obtain exact knowledge without the aid of the 
living teacher, but the taste may be improved, and an easy 
and correct style of conversation be acquired. 

A careful reader of ordinary taste not only allows his feel- 
ings to be wrought upon while perusing a touching story, 
but he admires the language with which the thoughts in the 
narration are clothed, and in giving expression to his own 
thoughts, we may expect that he will employ an improved 
style of speech. In conversation we naturally make use of 
expressions with which we are most familiar, whether they 
be low and sordid, or pure and elevating ; so that students 
who spend their leisure with good authors, not only imbibe 
their sentiments, but their manner of holding and expressing 
them. In this way some are enabled to engage in intelligent 
conversation, with grammatical precision. Though they 
never have spent an hour in the study of English Grammar, 
they will converse more in accordance with grammatical 
rules, than others who have taken all the courses in the Com- 
mon Schools, High School and College. 

The Library then is an educator, to whose instructions all 
have free access. Those who are wise and read for improve- 
ment and advancement in knowledge, will select and peruse 
such works as will yield the greatest amount of profit and in- 
crease their capacity for usefulness and happiness. 

AVe may hope that many of the readers of the Beebe Li- 
brary will thus improve their golden opportunities, and be- 
come wiser and better for the privileges which the town has 
so liberally furnished. 

Acting under the authority given by a vote of the town at 
the last annual meeting, the Trustees have exchanged 27 
copies of the Town History with other Institutions and Mu- 
nicipalities. 

Near the commencement of the present financial year, one 
of our number, Henry D. Smith, Esq., was suddenly re- 
moved from us by death. His familiarity with books, and his 
connection with book-publishers, made him a valuable mem- 
ber of the Board. His sympathy with the educational in- 



95 

forests of the town has been long apparent, as gifts to the 
Public' Schools and other libera] ads bear ample testimony. 

The special work of the Library during the year may be 
seen by consulting the Report of the Librarian. 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. 
C. W. EATON, Treasurer. 
T. E. BALCH, Secretary. 
HARRIET N. FLINT. " 
ELIZA A. WAKEFIELD. 
EDWARD MANSFIELD. 
THOMAS WINSHIP. 
S. O. RICHARDSON. 
F. P. HURD. 
GEORGE L. KILGORE. 
JOHN M. CATE. 
AZEL AMES, JR. 

Wakefield, March 17, 1877. Trustees. 



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FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE LIBRARY- 



Beebe Town Library in account with C. W. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees. 

CE. 

By Balance from last year, 

Town Appropriation, 

Dog Taxes, refunded Town by County, 

Interest on Flint Fund, 

Interest on Hurd Fund, 

Sale of Catalogues, and fines received. 

Sale of old papers and books, 

Cash for book lost, 

$801 11 



$12 


91 


200 


00 


453 


90 


70 


00 


27 


80 


33 


25 


2 


00 


1 


25 



DE. 



To cash paid V. E. Marsh, Librarian, 
for new books, 

repairs of books, 

covering paper, • . 

labels and circulars, 

express charges, 

postage stamps, 

postage and express charges, in 

exchange of Town Histories, 4 88 
frame for engraving, . 4 00 

sundries at Library, . 7 34 



$275 


00 


377 


81 


96 


25 


19 


13 


7 


00 


6 


20 


3 


50 



$801 11 



CHESTEE W. EATON, Treasurer of Trustees. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT, 



Total number of volumes in the Library, 

Added by purchase within the year, 

Added by donation from Lucius Beebe, Esq., 

Miss Sarah H. Norcross, 

Mr. William Hutchinson, 

Mr. Samuel Eaymond of Andover 

Mrs. C. E. McKay, . 

Miss Elizabeth Walton, 

Mr. James F. Emerson, 

Hon. D. W. Gooch, 

U. S. Government, 

Bureau of Education, 

State of Massachusetts, 
Exchanged for Town Histories of Reading, 
Persons having signed the By-Laws in 1876-77, 
No. of Accts. on which Books have been charged, 
Number of Books re-bound in 1876-77, 
Number of Books discarded as worn out 
Whole number of Books delivered, 
Increase since last year, 
Increase beyond any previous year, 
Greatest number to one account, 
Average number delivered each day, 
Average number delivered each hour, 



5,929 

328 

72 

29 

2 

1 

1 

1 

1 

3 

2 

1 

7 

31 

88 

710 

277 

29 

30,852 

2,782 

1,221 

224 

263 

53 



VICTORINE E. MARSH, Librarian, 



98 



BOOKS ADDED TO LIBRARY SINCE LAST REPORT. 



5236 

4986 

5053 

5104 

5173 

4938 

4962 

5223 

4926 

5037 

4999 

5152 

5271 

5066 

4925 

5203 

4951 

4991 

4957 

5078 

5222 

5237 

4940 

5046 

5158 

4982 

5197 

5050 

4978 



Abroad, or Lilian's New School, 

Achsah, a Xew England Life Study, 

Adam Grainger, 

Adventures of Capt. Mago, 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 

A Family Secret, 

Age of Elizabeth, 

A Good Inyestment, 

Alice Grant, 

A Living Faith, 

America discovered by the Welsh in 1170, 



Mrs. Helen E. Brown. 

Rev. Peter Pennot 

Mrs. Henry Wood. 

Leon Cahum 

Mark Twain. 

Fanny Andrews. 

Mandell Creighton. 

William Flagg. 

Mrs. E. J. Richmond. 

George S. Merriam. 

Rev. B. F. Bowen. 



American Pictures drawn with Pen and Pencil, Rev. S. Manning. 
Amherst, X. H., Anniversary Exercises, Jan. 18-19, 1874. 
Among Machines, A Book for Boys. 

A More Excellent Way. M. E. Winslow. 

An Alphabet in Finance, Graham McAdam. 

An Egg Farm, H. H. Stoddard. 

A Xew Godiva, Stanley Hope. 

Ancient Regime, H. Taine. 

Animal Life throuo;hout the Globe. 



Annie Warwick, 
Annals of a Baby. 
Au Odd Couple, 
Antiquities of Israel, 
A Point of Honor, 
Arabs and the Turks, 
As Long as She Lived, 
At the Councillors, 



Georgianna M. Craik. 

Mrs. Oliphant. 

Heinrich Ewald. 

Mrs. Annie Edwards. 

Edson L. Clark. 

F. W. Robinson. 

From the German of E. Marlitt. 



Automaton Ear and Other Stories. 



Florence McLandburgh. 



B. 



5206 Backsheesh, or Life and Adventures in the Orient, 

Thos. W. Knox. 
5168 Barton Experiment, John Habberton. 

5011 Ben Milner's Wooing, Holme Lee. 

5029 Bernard Lile, Jeremiah Clemens. 



99 



5112 Bits of Talk for Young Folks, 

4082 Blind Girl of Wittenberg, 

5158 Blue Rays, &c, 

5<Mi«3 Boys oi Other Countries, 

5 106 B( >y E migrants, 

5106 Boys anil Girls of the Revolution, 

5114 Boys of 76, 



Helen Hunt. 

Translated from the German. 

Gen. Pleasanton. 

Bayard Taylor. 

Noah Brooks. 

Charles H. Woodman. 

Charles C. Coffin. 



52J2 Bulgarian Horrors and Other Papers, W. E. Gladstone, M. P. 



.•_.'.> 



)3 Burke's Works, Bonn's Edition with Life. 



9 Vols. 



c. 



5107 

509G 
50b'4 
5136 
49;3<3 
6298 
4955 
4987 
5302 
5189 
5224 
5291 
5082 
5060 
5027 
5030 
5297 
521G 
5217 
4974 
5187 
5301 
5219 
5008 
5305 



Californians, 

California, Two Years in 

Captain Sam, 

"Carrots." Just a little Boy, 

Carter Quarterman, 

Casimer Maremma, 

Centennial History of the U. S., 

" Commissioner in Europe, 

" Exhibition, Deseription and History, Ewd. C. Bruce 

Century of Discovery, From the German of Vogel 



Walter M. Fisher. 

Mary Cone. 

G. C. Eggleston. 

Ennis Graham. 

William M. Baker. 

Arthur Helps. 

J.D. McCabe. 

J. W\ Forne}'. 



1875— Vol 1st. 



Central Africa, 
Census of Mass. 
Clare Avery, 

Cooking Club of Tu-Whit Hollow, 
Comic History of the U. S., 
Comin' thro 1 the Rye, 
Companions of my Solitude, 
Convicts and their Children, 
Courtship in 1720 and in 1860, 
Crew of the Dolphin, 



Col. C. Chaille Long. 

E. S. Holt. 

Ella Farm an. 

Livingston Hopkins. 

Helen B. Mathers. 

Arthur Helps. 

Berthold Auerbach. 

Hawley Smart. 

Hesba Stretton, 

R. D. Blackmore. 



Cripps the Carrier, 

Cross and Self-Fertilization in the Animal Kingdom, Darwin. 

Curate in Charge, Mrs. Oliphant. 

Curious Stories. 

Cyrilla, Baroness Tautphoeus. 



D. 



. r 0^5 Daisy Travers, Adelaide F. Samuels. 

£053 Daniel Deronda, 2 Vols. George Eliot. 

5228 Danger, or Wounded in the House of a Friend, T. S. Arthur. 

5014 Darwinians, Asa Gray. 

4928 Davault's Mills, Charles Henry Jones. 



100 



4933 David, the King, 

5092 Deirdre, 

4931 Diseases of Modern Life, 

5132 Doctor's Family, 

5018 Dolliver Romance, 

b'265 Dorchester, History of 

5115 Dottings Round the Circle, 

5220 Duchess of Rosemary Lane, 

5036 Dwellers in Five Sisters Court, 



Rev. Charles E. Knox. 

Vol. 2d, of No Name Series. 

Benjamin W. Richardson. 

French of J. Girardin. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Benjamin R. Curtis. 

B. L. Farjeon. 

H. E. Scudder. 



E. 



5257 Eastern Church, History of 

5260 East Boston, History of 

5041 Echo Club, 

4993 Edith Lyle, 

5103 Edina, 

5198 Ellen Story, 

5084 Elsie's Motherhood, 

5163 Erratic Essays, 

4952 Ersilia, 

5287 Essex Institute Historical Collections, 

5296 Essays, 

5081 Every Day Topics, 



Arthur P. Stanley. 

William H. Sumner. 

Baj T ard Taylor. 

Mrs. M. J. Holmes. 

Mrs. Henry Wood. 

Edgar Fawcett. 

M. F. Farquharson. 

Charles J. Dunphie. 

Frances E. Poynter. 

Vol. 13. 

Arthur Helps. 

J. G. Holland. 



F. 



5125 Fairy Guardians, 

4997 Fall of the Stuarts, « 

5009 Familiar Talks to Boys, 

5019 Fanshawe, 

5154 Farm Yard Club of Jotharn, 

5254 Feme Fleming, 

4961 Fermentation, 

5047 Fifty Years of my Life, 

5256 " " with the Sabbath Schools 

5178 First Steps in Eng. Literature, 

5043 Five Senses of Man, 

4950 Floral Decorations for the Dwelling 

5280 Flushing, Past and Present, 

4971 Flying Mail and Other Stories, 

5159 Footsteps of the Master, 

4996 Fortunes of Miss Follen, 

4994 Forty Years of Mission Work, 

5016 For Summer Afternoons — Stories, 

5181 Frank in the Forecastle, 



F. Willoughby. 

Rev. E. Hale. 

Rev. John Hall. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Dr. George B. Loring. 

Mrs. C. A. Warfield. 

P. Schutzenberger. 

Earl of Albemarle. 

, Rev. Asa Bullard. 

Arthur Gilman. 

Julius Bernstein. 

House, Annie Hazzard. 

Rev. Henry Mandeville. 

Norwegian Translation. 

H. B. Stowe. 

Mrs. Goodwin-Talcott. 

Rev. A. W . Murray. 

Susan Co olidge. 

Harry Castlemon. 



101 



519-4 Fran Domina, 
5160 FridthjoPs Saga, 
5235 Friend Fritz, 
5290 Friends in Council, 
5098 From Cadet to Colonel, 



German of Claire von Glumer. 

Swedish of Tegner. 

Erekmann Chatrian. 

2 Vols. Arthur Helps. 

Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Seaton. 



5207 



the Lakes of Killarney to the Golden Horn, H. M. Field. 



G. 



Henry C. Potter. 
Rev. Elias Mason. 



5239 Gates of the East, 

52(51 Gazetteer of Massachusetts, 

5161 German Home Life. 

4988 " Political Leaders, Herbert Tuttle 

5052 Giannetto, Lady Margaret Majendie, 

5121 Gold of Chickaree, Sequel to Wych Hazel. S. and A. Warner 

5255 Golden Dog, a Legend of Quebec, William Kirby 

5284 Gould Family Records, Benj. Apthrope Gould 

5245 Great Match and Other Matches, No Name Series. Vol. 5 

5249 Great Conflict, George C. Lorimer 



H. 



4941 
5007 
5073 
5045 
5266 

4956 
5277 

5191 

5069 
52-:; 
5067 
4947 
4965 
5137 
5176 
4019 



Habitations of Man, 
Hand of Ethelberta, 
Helen's Babies, 
Hidden Perils, 



Eugene Yiollet-Le-Duc. 

Thomas Hardy. 

2 copies, John Habberion. 

Mary Cecil Hay. 



Hingham in the Civil War, Prepared by Fearing Burr and Geo. 

Lincoln. 
Historical Fields and Mansions of Middlesex, S. A. Drake. 

" Discourses in New Haven, by Rev. Leonard Bacon. 



His Young Wife, 

History and Conquests of the Saracens, 

Holt Family Genealogy in the U. S., 

Home at Gieyloek, 

Hopes of the Human Race, 

How Libbv Won the Victory, 

Hours at Home, 

Hospital Sketches, 

Harper's Magazine, 



Julie P. Smith. 

E. A. Freeman. 

Daniel S. Durrie. 

Mrs. E. Prentiss. 

Frances Power Cobbe. 

C. J. G. 

6 Vols. 

Louisa M. Aleott. 

3 Vols. 



I. 



5038 Ida Craven, 

5294 Imaginary Conversations, 

5086 Impressions and Reminiscences, 



II. M. Cadell. 

4 Vols. W. S. Lander. 
Geonre Sand. 



102 



5253 Industrial Science, 

4976 Tn India, 

5155 In the Sky Garden, 

5209 In the Levant, 

5167 Is That All ? No Name Series. 

5039 Is "Eternal* Punishment Endless? 

5002 Israel Putnam, Life of. 



David Syme. 

Mrs. Murray Mitchell. 

Lizzie W. Champney. 

Charles Dudley Warner. 

Vol. 3d. 

Anon. 

Increase N. Tarbox. 



J. 



5166 Jan of the Windmill, 

5205 Jericho Road, A Story of Western Life, 

5226 Jesus, a Sacred Poem, 

5228 Jewish Church, History of. 



Juliana Horatia Ewing. 
Anon 
Albert Welles. 
Arthur P. Stanley. 



K. 



5300 Kingsley's Life and Letters, 
4959 King and Commonwealth, 
5196 Kismet, No Xame Series. 



Edited by his Wife. 
R. M. Cordery and J. S. Philpotts, 

Vol. 4th. 



L. 



4981 Ladies 1 Fancy Work, Mrs. C. S. Jo 

5010 Lady Silverda1e\s Sweetheart, 
5004 "Land of the Sky/' 
5232 Land and the Life, 

5304 Land ancl Game Birds of New England, 
5151 Last Leaf from Sunny Side, 
5057 Laurel Bush, 
5150 Lectures, 

5202 Lessons of Faith and Life, 
4983 Life in the Clearings vs. the Bush, 
5225 Life in South Africa, 
4970 Life's Aftermath, 
5033 Life's Promise to Pay, 
5105 Little Folks in Feathers and Fur, 
5037 Living Faith, 
5077 Living too Fast, 
5124 Long-Look House, 
5161 Long Ago, 

:: 80 Lord Macauley's Life and Letters, 
Trevelyan. 



nes and H. T. Williams. 

William Black. 

Christian Reid. 

Albert Zabriskie Gray. 

H. D. Minot. 

E. S. Phelps. 

Mrs. Craik. 

George W. Burnap. 

E. II. Chapin. 

Mrs. Moodie. 

Lady Barker. 

Emma Marshall. 

Clara L. Conway. 

Olive Thorne. 

George S. Merriam. 

Oliver Optic* 

Edward Abbott. 

Ellis Gray. 

2 Vols. Edited bv Otto 



103 
M. 



5180 Madcap Violet, William Black. 

52X5 Mad World and its Inhabitants, Julius Chambers. 

5190 MaidofStialsimd, J. B. DeLiefde. 

4972 Man o:i the Ocean, R. M. Ballantyne. 
5243 Man Who was not a Colonel, Anon. 
5270 Mason, N. H., History of John B. Hill. 
49G9 Meditations on the Essence of Christianit}', R. Laird Collier. 
5054 Mediaeval and Modern Saints and Miracles. 

5131 Meeting the Sun, Travels. William Simpson. 

4930 Memoir of Caroline Herschel, Mrs. John Herschel. 

4954 " of Norman McLeod, D. D., 2 Vols. Rev. I). McLeocl. 

5100 " of Dr. Samuel G. Howe, Julia Ward Howe. 

5139 " Speeches and Writings of Robert Rantoul. 

5285 " of Daniel P. King, Ch as. W.Upton. 

5021 Men and Manners One Hundred Years Ago, H. E. Scudder. 

5074 Mercy Philbrick's Choice, No Name Series. Vol. 1st. 

5199 Michael Strokoff, Jules Verne. 

G171 Mikado's Empire, William Elliot Griffis. 

4973 Miss Molly, Beatrice M. Butt. 
5056 Missionary Life in India, Rev. T. J. Scott. 
5182 Mission of Black Rifle, Elijah Kellogg. 
5204 Miss Roberts 1 Fortune, Sophy Winthrop. 
5210 Molly Maguires, or, Secret Societies, F. P. Dewees. 
5134 Mother West's Neighbors, Mrs. Jane D. Chaplin. 
5070 My Little Love, Marion Harland. 
5157 My Mother's Manuscript, From the French of Lamartine. 



N. 



5142 Napoleon 3d, Public and Private Life of S. Smncker. 

5143 Napoleon Bonaparte, Life and Campaigns. 

4490 Napoleon 1st, History of Vol. 3d. P. Lanfrey. 

5099 Narrow Guage Railways in America, Howard Fleming. 

5080 Near to Nature's Heart, E. P. Roe. 

507G Nellie KinnariVs Kingdom, Amanda M. Douglas. 

527G Newgate of Connecticut, Richard II. Phelps. 

4985 Nile Journal, T. G. Appleton. 
5091 Noblesse Oblige, Author of M'mlle Mori. 

5023 Nonsense Songs, etc., Edward Lear. 
5204 Northfield, Mass,, History ol J. II. Temple & George Sheldon. 

5275 Norwich, Conn., Jubilee, Sep. 7, 8, 1859, Compiled by J. W. 
Stedman. 



104 



O. 



4967 Official Guide to Philadelphia, 
5231 Offenbach in America, 

5192 Oliver of the Mill, 

5113 On a Pincushion, Fairy Tales. 

4915 One Fair Woman 

5162 Only a Dog, 

5083 Open Air Grape Culture, 

4948 Our Wasted Resources, 

4968 Our Children, 

5241 Out of the World and Other Tales, 



Thompson Westcott. 

Jacques Offenbach. 

Maris L. Charlesworth. 

Mary DeMorgan. 

Joaquin Miller. 

Anon. 

John Phin. 

William Hargreaves. 

Augustus K. Gardner. 

Miss Thackeray. 



P. 



4964 Passing the Portal, 

5229 Peter, the Apostle, 

5119 Philip Nolan's Friends, 

5186 Phoebe, Jr., 

5095 Pictures in Camp and Field, 

5097 Pilot and his Wife, 

5185 Plains of the Great West, 

5250 Plea for Art in the House, 

5063 Poems of Places, Vol. 2d. 

5010 Poison of Asps and Other Stories, 

3942 Popular Science Monthly, 

4917 Popular History of France, 

5170 Popular History of England, 

4989 Prime Minister, 

5062 Puritan Revolution, 

5282 Prescott Genealogy, 



Mrs. Meta V. Victor. 

Rev. Wm. M. Taylor, 1). D. 

Rev. E. E. Hale. 

Mrs. Oliphant. 

B. E. Taylor. 

Jonas Lie. 

Richard Irving Dodge. 

W. J. Loftie. 

Edited by H. W. Longfellow. 

Florence Marryatt. 

Vols. 7, 8, 9. 

Vols. 3. 4. & 6, Guizot. 

8 Vols. Charles Knight. 

Anthony Trollope. 

Samuel R. Gardiner. 

William Prescott, M. D. 



E. 



5227 Races of Men and their Geographical Distribution, 

Oscar Peschel. 
5230 Rambles and Studies in Greece, J. P. Mahaffy. 

5195 Rebecca's Journal, Mrs. Mary Lansing. 

4953 Record of Andover during the Rebellion, 

Compiled by Samuel Raj'mond. 
4949 Religion and Philosophy of Swedenborg, T. Parsons. 

5175 Religion of Evolution, Rev. M. J. Savage. 

5288 Report of Commissioner of Education. 
5290 " " Secretary of Treasury, for 1876. 
5292 " " State Board of Health. 

5289 " " U. S. Life Saving Service. 



105 



4975 Revolutionary Times, 

5014 Revolution, Paragraph History, 

5174 Rhetoric of Conversation, 

5274 Rhode Island Historical Collections, 

4035 Robinson Crusoe's Money, 

4984 Robert Severne, 

5110 Roddy's Ideal, 

4927 Roebuck, a Novel. 

5117 Roman Legends, 

5135 Rose in Bloom, 

5244 Rosine, 

52 1 1 Russian Folk-Tales, 



Edward Abbott. 

Edward Abbott. 

George W. Ilervey. 

Vols. 6 and 3. 

David A. Wells. 

William A. Hammond. 

Helen K. Johnson. 



Louisa M 



R. II. Busk. 

Al'cott. 2 copies. 

Whyte Melville. 

W. R. S. Ralston. 



S. 



4966 
4958 
5138 
5020 
5213 
5221 
5233 
5129 
5172 
5214 
4937 
4924 
5005 
5126 
5051 
5156 
5193 
5252 
5022 
5068 
4939 
5048 
5090 
4998 
5238 
5017 
5035 
5061 
5188 
4995 
4960 



Sam's Chance, Horatio Alger. 

Sanitary Drainage of Houses and Towns, G. E. Waring. 

Scribner's Monthly, 10 Vols. 

Sea Stories. 

Sermons, James Walker, D. D., L. L. D. 

Shadows on the Snow, B. L. Farjeon. 

Shadow of the Sword, Robert Buchanan. 

Shelley. Anecdote Biography, Edited by R. H. Stoddard. 

Short History of the English People, J. R. Green. 

Sidonie, From the French of A. Daudet. 

Sights and Insights, 2 Vols. Mrs. Whitney. 2 copies. 

Silver Castle, Margaret E. Wilmer. 

Silver Pitcher and Other Stories, Louisa M. Alcott. 2 copies. 
Snip and Whip and Some Other Boys, Elizabeth A. Davis. 

Snowed Up, Harry Castlemon. 2 copies. 

Snow Shoes and Canoes, W. EL G. Kingston. 

Snow Family and Other People, Maria B. Lyman. 

Social Life in Greece, Rev. J. H. Mahaffy. 

Soldier's Friend, Mrs. S. E. D. Smith. 

Spur of Monmouth, or Washington in Arms. 



Squire Marchmont's Legacy, 

Starboard and Port, 

St.u* in the Dust Heap, 

Stories for the Home Circle. 

Storm Driven, 

Stor}' of Three Sisters, 

Stories of Hospital and Camp, 

Story of Our Country, 

Story of Sigurd, the Volsung, 

Stray Studies from England and Italy, 

Students' Quarter, 



Mary Cecil Hay. 

George H. Hepworth. 

Hon. Mrs. Greene. 

Mary Healy. 

Cecil Maxwell. 

Mrs. C. E. McKay. 

Mrs. L. B. Munroe. 

William Morris. 

John R. Green. 

W. M. Thackeray. 



106 



5179 Student Life at Harvard. 

5123 Sunshine in the Shady Place, 

5111 Sweet Flowers, 

5200 Switzerland and the Swiss, 

4977 Sylvan Year, 



Edith Milner. 

Mrs. Mackarness. 

By an American Resident. 

Phili G. Hamerton. 



T. 



5169 Tales from Two Hemispheres, 

4923 Temperance Tales, 

5075 Ten Cents, 

5218 Thankful Blossom, 

5003 The Dilemma. 

5012 The Mountains. Poems. 
4992 Theophilus and Others, 
5089 The Winged Lion, 

5118 The Wanderers, 

5025 Thomas Wingfold, Curate, 

5058 Three Brides, 

5013 To Buddlecombe and Back, 

4979 Transcendentalism in New England, 
5208 



Hjalmar Hjor.h Boyesen. 

Lucius M. Sargent. 

Mary Dwinell Chellis. 

Bret Harte. 



Mary Mapes Dodge. 

James de Mille, 

W. H. G. Kingston. 

George Maedonald. 

Miss Yonge. 

F. C. Burnaud. 

O. B. Frothinjrham. 



True Blue Laws of Connecticut and the False, 

Edited by J. H. Turnbull. 
5024 Truths for To-day, David Swing. 

5102 Turkistan, Eugene Schuyler. 2 Vols. 

5049 'Twixt Hammer and Anvil, Frank Lee Benedict. 

5026 Two Chancellors, Translated from the Polish of M. Klaczko. 

5059 Two Destinies, Wilkie Collins. 

5088 Two Fortune Seekers and Other Stories, Rossiter Johnson. 



u. 



5071 Under the Old Oaks, or Won by Love, A Tale for the Young. 



y. 



5272 Vermont State Records, Edited by E. P. Walton. 3 Vols. 

5273 Vermont Anniversary Ceremonies and Address by 

L. E. Chittenden. 

5109 Verses from the Harvard Advocate. 

5001 Village Communities of the East and West, Sir Henry S. Maine. 

5177 Vidocq. The French Police Spy. 

5130 Vine and Olive, Oliver Optic. 

5101 Voyage round the World, Jules Verne. 



107 



Y. 

5183 Young Folk's Centennial Rhymes, Will Carleton. 

5234 Young Man's Difficulties with his Bible, Rev. D. W. Faunce. 

5127 Young Trail Hunters, Samuel W. Cozzens. 

5120 Young Rajah, W. H. G. Kingston. 

w. 

5032 Wages Question, Francis A. Walker. 

5087 Walter Robertson, Arthur E. Clesson. 

5144 Wanderings of a Pilgrim in the Shadow of Mont Blanc, 

George B. Cheever. 

5015 War of 1775—1783, John M. Ludlow. 

5267 Wayland in the Civil War. 

5183 We Boys, Anon. 
5122 Wenderholme, P. G. Hamerton. 
5269 Wenham, Mass., History of Myron O. Allen, M. D. 

5268 West Springfield Centennial, 1874, Compiled by J. N. Bagg. 
4932 Why We Laugh, Samuel S. Cox. 

5093 Wild Rose and Other Stories, Mrs. Mackarness. 
5240 Widow of Windsor, Annie Gaskell. 

5184 Wine Bibber's Temperance Society. 

5094 Win wood Cliff, Daniel Wise. 
5079 Wit, Humor and Shakespeare, John Weiss. 
5262 Woburn, Mass., History of Samuel Sewell. 
4944 Work in the Vineyard, E. T. Burr. 
4990 Working People and their Employers, Rev. AY. Gladden. 
5028 Words, their Use and Abuse, William Mathews. 
5248 Wreath of Indian Stories, A. L. O. E. 
4963 Wych Hazel, S. and A. Warner. 



AUDITOKS' STATEMENT. 



The Auditors, baying completed their examination of the 
Town Accounts for the year now ending, herewith preseut to 
the town, in printed form, the reports of the various Town 
Officers, and would certify that we haye examined the ac- 
counts of the Treasurer, Collectors, Selectmen, Overseers of 
the Poor, Highway Surveyors, and Treasurer of the Beebe 
Library, and find proper vouchers for all monej's expended. 

We would call attention to what seems to us a pleasing 
feature of the Report, viz. : the unusually small amount of 
taxes remaining uncollected, the lists of two years only 
(1875-6) now remaining open, and only about $15,000 re- 
maining unpaid on both years. 

"We find that the town has paid for rent of Richardson 
Light Guard Armory for the year ending Dec. 31st, 1876, 
$151.60 in excess of the amount allowed by the State. As 
the Selectmen have not explained this discrepancy in their 
Report, we deem it our duty to state that we understand 
from Capt. Cate, that it is hoped that the Legislature will 
re-imburse the town in the above amount. Should the Leg- 
slat ure fail to do this, it has been agreed between Capt. Cate 
and the Selectmen that the amount shall be deducted from 
the Armory rent for the year 1877. 

T. J. SKINNER, 

W. S. GREEXOUGH, \>A\ >r». 
E. E. EMERSOX, 



INDEX. 











Page. 


Appropriation Committee's Report, . . 57 


Appropriations, List of, . 








6 


Assessors 1 Report, 








53 


Auditors 1 Report, 








6 


Auditors 1 Statement, 








109 


Beacon Street Appropriation, ] . , 








30 


Bird Houses, .... 








22 


Births, ..... 








64 


Charles Street Appropriation, 








30 


Claim of James French, . 








21 


Collectors 1 Statements, 








40 


County Tax (see Treasurer's Report), 








43 


Deaths, .... 








72 


Decoration of Soldiers 1 Graves, . 








21 


Emerson Street Appropriation, 








31 


Engineers 1 Report, 








54 


Fire Department Expenses, 








12 


Fish Committee's Report, 








58 


Fourth of July Celebration, 








20 


Highways and Bridges, 








22 


Jurors 1 List, 








5 


Library Finances, 








15 


Librarian's Report, 








97 


Loan Account, 








43 


Marriages, 








C8 


Miscellaneous Expenses, 








17 


New Books in Library, 








98 


New Room in High School Building, 








11 


Overseers of Poor's Report, 








32 


Police Report, 








54 


Salaries of Town Officers, 








16 


School Committee's Report, 








76 


School Expenses, 








7 


School Contingent, 








10 


Selectmen's Report, 








47 


State Aid, .... 








46 


State Tax (see Treasurer's Report) , 








43 


Street Lamps, 








15 



110 



Support of Poor, . 
Tax Deeds, List of, 
Town Clerk's Report, 
Town Debt, 
Town Officers, 
Treasurer's Report, 
Trustees of Library Report, 
Valuation List, Publishing of, 
Water Street Bridge, 
Yale Engine Hall, 



Page.. 
14 and 32 
45 
63 
44 
3 
42 
93 
21 
30 
21 



THE SIXTY-SIXTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING MARCH 1, 1878, 



CONTAINING REPORTS OF THE 



AUDITORS, SELECTMEN, ASSESSORS, OVERSEERS OF 
THE POOR, TREASURER, COLLECTOR, FIRE EN- 
GINEERS, FISH COMMITTEE, SCHOOL COM- 
MITTEE AND LIBRARY TRUSTEES. 



ALSO, 



THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD OF THE 

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS 

DURING THE YEAR 1877. 



WAKEFIELD : 
W. H. TWOMBLY, PRINTER, WAKEFIELD'S BLOCK. 

1878. 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1877-8. 



Selectmen. 

JAMES OLIVER, Chairman. 
R. L. MURKLAND, Secretary. 13. B. BURBANK. 



Town Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Town Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON. 



DAVID PERKINS, 



Assessors. 
JAMES OLIVER, 



Overseers of the Poor. 
CYRUS N. WHITE, WM. F. YOUNG, 

♦Died August 2d, 1877. 



JOHN S. EATON. 
IRA WILEY, JR.* 



School Committee 
LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, . 
THEODORE E. BALCH, 
SAMUEL K. HAMILTON, Secretary, 
CHARLES KEYSER,* 
GEORGE W. ABORN. . 
E. P. COLBY, .... 

QUINCY WHITNEY, 

♦Died Sej>t 21, 1877. Quincy Whitney chosen to fill vacancy. 



Term Expires 1880. 
1880. 
1879. 
1879. 
1878. 
1878. 
1878. 



T. J. SKINNER. 



Auditors. 
E. E. EMERSON, 



W. S. GREENOUGII. 



Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BRITTON. 



OSCAR I. STOW ELL, 



Fish Committee. 
C. P. POLAND, 



THOMAS GOULD. 



Trustees of the Beebe Public Library. 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, ELIZA A. WAKEFIELD,* 

THEODORE E. BALCH, Sec'y, HARRIET N. FLINT, 

CHESTER \V. BATON", Treas. S. O. RICHARDSON, 

THOMAS WINSIIIP, F. P. HURD, 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, GEORGE L. KILGORE, 

JOHN M. CATE, AZEL AMES, JR., 
JOHN IIOGAN. 

•Died Nov. 14, 1877. 



Eng infers of Fire Department. 
SAMUEL F. LITTLEFIELD, Chief, II. L. DAY, Sec% 

C. H. DAVIS. 



Board of Health. 
S. O. RICHARDSON, J. R. MANSFIELD, E. P. COLBY. 



Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Highway Surveyors. 



LEVI FLANDERS, 
C. P. POLAND, 
L. B. EATON, 
C. H. DERBY, 
HERO NICHOLS, 
JOSHUA PERHAM, 

DAVID PERKINS, 

DANIEL CAREY, 



Fence Viewers. 
R. L. MURKLAND, 



Constables. 
C. H. DAVIS, 



Centre District. 

North 

South 

East 

West 

Woodville 

GEO. II. TEAGUE. 

HOWARD EMERSON. 



Police Officers. 

DANIEL CAREY, Chief. J. F. ALEXANDER, R. L. COOPER, 

I. F. SHELDON, JOHN DRUGAN, *PATRICK KENNEY, 

J. S. BATCHELDER, *PATRICK FOLEY, fTHOMAS BARBER, 

F. G. COKER, JOSEPH TUTTLE. 

*Discharged during the year. fDied. 



Pound Keeper. 
JOHN B. ATWELL. 



Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 
GEORGE W. ABORN, G. N. OSGOOD, GEO. K. GILMAN, 

J. C W. WALTON, JAMES WESTGATE, A. A. MANSFIELD. 



Measurers of Wood. 
RICHARD BRITTON, A. A. MANSFIELD, JOSEPH TUTTLE, 
JOSHUA WALTON, HENRY CLAY, C. W. GREEN, 

A. J. HUTCHINSON, B. F. ABBOTT, WILLIS S. MASON, 

M. C. EVANS. 



HENRY CLAY, 
II. L. HASKELL, 



Surveyors of Lumber. 

C. F. BICKFORD, GEORGE H. TEAGUE, 
II. D. HOYT, B. F. ABBOTT, 

EUGENE S. HINCKLEY. 



Truant Officer. 
DANIEL CAREY. 



Field Drivers. 
THOMAS HICKS, JAMES F. B. HALL. 



List of Jurors 



Accepted by the Town, Nov. 6, 1877 



Abbott, B. F. 
Abbott, Henry F. 
Abbott, George 
Allen, Mark 
Anderson, Clinton 0. 
At well, John 
Balch, T. E. 
Batchelder, David 
Beebe, Cyrus G. 
Bickford, Chas. F. 
Britton, Richard 
Burba nk, B. B. 
Burgess, E. B. 
Carey, Daniel 
Cooper, R. L. 
Connell, Joseph 
Currier, Horace P. 
Doliver, Horatio 
Dodge, A. P. 
Eaton, Levi B. 
Emmons, D. T. 
Emerson, Frederic 
Fisher, Henry S. 
Gilman, Geo. K. 
Green, Thomas 
Hardy, Geo. A. 
Harnden, J. W. 
Haskell, Henry L. 
Heath, L. N. 
Hogan, John 
Hurd, Joseph L. 



Kenney, Thomas 
Kendrick, Rufus 
Killoran, James 
Mansfield, J.J. 
Mason, David P. 
Moran, John 
Maloney, John A. 
Nichols, Hero W. 
Niles, Charles E. 
O'Hea, Bartholomew 
Parker, Samuel, Jr. 
Philpot, Cyrus A. 
Perkins, David 
Putney, Stillman J. 
Pitman, L. J. 
Potter, James W. 
Reed, Washington 
Sheldon, I. F. 
Stout, Richard S. 
Sweetser, Jewett B. 
Sweetser, E. Felton 
Teague, George H. 
Tuttle, Joseph 
Tyler, John A. 
Walton, Oliver, 2d 
Walton, J. C. W. 
Williams, Francis 
Webster, John W. 
White, Cyrus N. 
Young, William F. 
Upham, E. S. 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1877-8. 



?or Support of Schools, .... 


.$11,000 00 


School Contingent Fund, . 


. 1,000 00 


Support of the Poor, 


. 4,000 00 


" " " Fire Department, 


. 2,400 00 


Payment of Town Officers, 


. 2,700 00 


Expense of Street Lamps, 


. 1,200 00 


Support of Public Library} L-«„ &4J3 20 C ^ ^ 


Miscellaneous Expenses, 


. 3,500 00 


Highways and Bridges, 


. 3,000 00 


Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, 


150 00 


Refuse on Common Extension, . 


25 00 


Opening Saugus River, 


200 00 


Stocking Lake Quannapowitt, 


350 00 


Bennett Street Appropriation, . 


150 00 


Richardson Street " 


100 00 



Total Selectmen's Department, $30,408 20 
For Payment of Town Debt, . $6,000 00 

Interest on do., . . . 9,000 00 



Total Treasurer's Department, 



.$15,000 00 



Total, 



.$45,408 20 



SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 



Eegular Appropriation, 

Received from Mass. State fund 1877, 
Transferred from Contingent fund, 

Total, . . ^. 
Expended as follows : 

Teachers' Salaries. 
Paid Melvin J. Hill, High School, . 

Eliza M. Greenwood, Assistant do. . 



.$11,000 00 
220 01 
116 43 

.$11,336 44 



do. do. . 
Advanced Grammar, 
First « 

Second M 



a 



a 



a 



Susan E. Barker, 
Nellie A. Miller, 



Myra A. Stearns, 
M. I. Hersey, 
Clara E. Bancroft, 



$1 



Martha Keith, 

M. E. Wentworth, 

Abbie S. Perkins, 

Sarah L. Thomas, 

Emma S. Small, 

Mary E. Dana, 

Fred'k S. Cutter, 

M. Annie Warren, Third 

Elenora Hutchinson, Training and 1st Int. 

" " Woodville, 

Asst. Second Grammar, 

Training and Int. 

Montrose, 

West Intermediate, . 

First Primary, 

Second " 

Asst. Second Primary, 
" " " Training and Int. 

C. Eveline Sweetser, Ctr. Intermediate, . 
Hannah H. Taft, " " 

Alice Alexander, " " 

Sophie F. Hamblin, West " 
L. J. Mansfield, " 

Francella M. Evans, North 
Annie R. Killoran, East 
FrannieL.Hartshornc, South 



Primary, 



,461 70 

435 49 

104 00 

Q66 25 

526 50 

78 00 

109 99 

175 99 

87 50 

445 99 

502 13 

55 50 

102 49 

55 67 

19 00 

216 00 

371 00 

369 98 

64 99 

86 58 

21 08 

204 99 

305 00 

181 03 

342 75 

435 89 

392 29 

409 90 



Amount carried forward, 



$8,227 68 



8 



Amount brought forward, . . . $8,227 68 

Paid Susie D. Turnbull, Franklin Intermediate, 404 99 

Emma L. Upkam, " Primary, . 339 50 

Alice M. Wiley, Woodville, . 330 50 

George F. Wilson, Music Teacher, . 512 20 



^Dotal for Salaries, 



. $9,814 87 



NOTE. — The School Committee report that there are unpaid hills in this department 
to the amount of about $350. 



Janitors' Services. 
Paid Wm. H. Wiley, High School Building, . 
A. F. Hutchinson, Ctr. Dist. to Mch. 3, 1877, 
Geo. E. Gamage, " " 
James E. Buckley, Franklin, 
Henry Phelps, North, ... 

I. F. Sheldon, South, 

G. H. Wiley, East, 

Jonas Cowdrey and Waldo E. Cowdrey, West, 
W. W. Bessey, West, 
E. Butterfield, Woodville, . 

Total, . . \ . 

Fuel Account. 

Paid James J. Mansfield, 

30 tons Furnace Coal at $4.95, 
10 " Egg " " 5.40, 

Basketing do., 
Henry O. Mitchell, 

51 cords 6 1-4 ft. Hard Wood at $6.25, 
15 " 3 1-2 ft. Pine " " 4.50, 
Tickets for do., 
Geo. W. Aborn, 

4 cords Oak Wood, at $8.00 
,2 " " " " 7.00, . 
1 ton Coal, ..... 
Sawing and Housing, 

Total for fuel, 



$215 00 
51 85 
126 00 
84 00 
42 00 
42 00 
63 00 
65 00 
16 00 
42 00 

$746 85 



$148 


50 


54 


00 


7 


51 


323 


63 


69 


74 


3 


QQ 


32 


00 


14 


00 


7 


50 


3 


41 



$663 95 



Preparing Fuel 
Paid Asaph Evans, 
I. F. Sheldon, 
John Kelley, 
Moses G. Hobson, 
Henry Sweetser, 
J. E. Buckley, 
Orison Ripley, 



Geo. E. Gamage. 



$51 


12 


10 


00 


14 


62 


4 


75 


6 


28 


1 


25 


1 


40 


21 


35 



Total, 



$110 77 



Recapitulation . 


Appropriations brought forward, 


.$11,336 44 


Expended : 




Teachers' Salaries, 


. $9,814 87 


Janitors' Services, 


746 85 


Fuel Account, 


663 95 


Preparing Fuel, 


110 77 




$11,336 44 



SUPPORT OF BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Regular appropriation, 
Dog tax 1876-7, 



$200 00 
433 20 



$633 20 
Paid C. W. Eaton, Treas. of Trustees, . . 633 20 
For details of expenditures see Trustees' Report. 



10 



SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND. 

Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 

Paid R. L. Murkland, books and stationery, 
C. A. Cheney, " " 

C. Q. Goodwin, " " 

J. L. Hammett, school supplies, 

H. B. & W. O. Chamberlin, apparatus, 
F. W. Smith, ink, . . 

O. Ditson & Co., music, 

Amer. Bap. Pub. Soc'y, stationery, . 
J. W. Locke, " 

T. E. Balch, 

W. H. Twombly, printing, 
S. B. Dearborn, " 



Weeks & Potter, 
S. W. Abbott, 
H. N. Winslow, 
J. H. Eaton, 
H. M. Rideout, 
Teachers, 



chemicals, 
metric system, 
teamiug, . 
expressing, 
taking census, 
for sundries, 



Janitors, for extra labor and sundries 

Wakefield Rattan Co., mats, 

P. S. Shaw, furnishing goods, 

Citizens' Gas Light Co., gas, 

Geo. W. Aborn, labor and stock furnished 

M. C. Taylor, repairs, 

Geo. H. Teague, " 

John Purington, " 

A. Wiley, 

Bacon & Sweetser, " 

W. K. Perkins, " 

Z. F. Fairbanks, 

J. & S. Winship, 

M. N. Cobb, 

Moses Staples, " 

Amount carried forward, 



$1,000 00 

%M 14 
15 00 
99 46 

128 62 
10 31 

17 25 

27 00 
13 00 
15 80 

4 53 
22 12 
10 50 

5 80 
10 21 

2 00 

65 

40 00 

18 13 
72 35 
12 63 

8 25 

6 65 
10 25 

2 00 

28 54 
56 51 

1 75 
65 06 

7 00 
21 70 

7 00 

2 00 
12 32 

$820 53 



11 



Amount brought forward. 
Paid J. Cartwright, repairs, 

I. A. Parsons, " 

J. Goddard, 

A. Goodwin, " 

G. N. Littlefield&Co., " 
G. C. McKenzie, repairing clock and call bell, 

Total expenditures, 
Balance unexpended, transferred to Regular 
School Appropriation, 



$820 53 


1 


87 


12 


75 


23 


60 


3 


70 


17 


12 


4 


00 



$883 57 



116 43 



$1,000 00 



REFUSE ON COMMON EXTENSION. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 

Paid John Toomey, labor, 13 days, . $19 50 

G. H. Sweetser, labor, . . 2 00 

For sign boards, ... 3 50 



$25 00 



$25 00 



12 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 

Yale Engine Company No. 1. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1877, 

G. H. Sweetser, Steward's services, 



C. E. Townley, 
H. N. Winslow, 
Citizens' Gas Co., 
Benson & Hall, 
J. H. Eaton, 
Atherton Bros., 



teaming, 

gas, 

fuel, 

express, 

supplies, 



G. N. Littlefield& Co., labor and sundries, 
Belt & Leather Stuffing Co., indicator, 
Wakefield Rattan Co., strainer, . 
J. & S. Win ship, repairs, . 

Hunneman & Co., " 

Total, .... 
C. Wakefield Engine Co. No. 2. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1, 1877, being a 
sum equivalent to the Poll tax of each 
member, . 

Geo. I. Oliver, Steward's services, . 

H. O. Mitchell & Co., fuel, 
J. J. Mansfield, " . 

" " drawing engine, 

J. H. Eaton, express, 

G. N. Littlefield& Co., repairs, . 

Total, . 
Chemical Engine Co. No. 1. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1877, 

Justin Howard, Steward's services, . 

Oscar Hutchinson, rent of room, . 

Amount carried forward, 



$2,400 00 



$820 75 

4 50 

34 10 

8 50 
1 40 
3 25 
3 00 

73 
10 01 

9 00 
1 00 
6 25 

21 75 

$924 24 



$44 


00 


38 


50 


4 


38 


1 


50 


14 00 




50 




65 


$103 


53 


$126 5a 


28 


63 


50 


00 



$205 13 



13 



Amount brought forward, ... 
Paid H. N. Winslow, teaming, 

Howe & French, chemicals, 

Cutler Bros., soda, 

G. N. Littlefield & Co., repairs and sundries, 

Total, . ■ . 



$205 


13 


. 16 


00 


9 
O 


92 


10 


80 


22 


50 



$258 35 



Washington Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1877, . $261 75 

John M. Cate, Kent from Jan. '76 to Jan. '77, 180 00 

J. & S. Winship, repairs, . . . 5 00 

Edward Hooper, Jr., truck pole, . . 10 00 

G. N. Littlefield & Co., sundries, . . . 1 75 



Total, ..... 
Other Expenses in the Department. 



Paid J. H. Emerson, 
Chas. L. Coombs, 
Andrew Goodwin, 

" << 

B. F. Abbott, 

B. F. Shedd, 
N. H. Dow, 
Israel A. Parsons, 
F. G. Coker, 

J. M. Fairbanks, 

C. N. White, 
J. H. Eaton, 

Geo: Burke, 
Chas. Q. Goodwin, 
C. H. E. Cheney, 
Moses Staples, 
Bacon & Sweetser, 
Patrick O'Connor, 



ringing fire alarms, 



I i 



a a 



a 



a 



labor, 

labor on Reservoirs, 



a 
a 



i 



< & platf 
labor on Hose, 

care of Reservoirs, 

keys and express, 

material, 

blank book, 

repairing clock, 

labor, 

repairs on house, 

labor on well, 



Amount carried forward, 



$458 50 



$3 00 

10 00 

5 00 

3 75 



50 
00 
00 
00 



orm, 



34 53 
9 00 
9 75 

10 00 
1 15 
5 95 

1 00 

2 00 

3 10 
28 00 
22 50 



$154 23 



14 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid P. Hennessey, stones for well, 

J. Westgate, lumber " 

David Perkins, platform " 

C. H. Davis, labor " 

Total, 

Recapitulation. 
Yale Engine Co. No. 1, 
C. Wakefield Co. No. 2, 
Chemical Engine Co. No. 1, 
Washington Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, 
Sundry other expenses, 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 



. . 


. $154 23 




3 00 




2 65 




5 75 




3 00 




$168 63 




. $924 24 




103 53 




258 35 




458 50 




168 63 




. $1,913 25 




486 75 




$2,400 00 



SUPPORT OF THE POOR. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $4,000 00 

Paid Cyrus N. White, Chairman of Overseers, as 

per receipts, . . . 5,200 00 

Balance overdrawn, . . $1,200 00 

For details of expenditures, see Report of Overseers of 
the Poor. 



15 



PAYMENT OF TOWN OFFICERS. 

Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 
Paid Board of Auditors, 1876-7 

44 " Selectmen, 1877-8 

44 44 Assessors, 44 4 

44 44 Ov r erseers of Poor, 44 4 

44 44 Engineers of Fire Dep't, 44 4 
44 44 School Committee, 44 4 

44 44 i4 44 bal. of salaries 

for 187G-7, 
Chas. F. Hartshornc, Town Clerk, 

44 44 recording statistics, 

44 4 4 sealer weights & measur 

Richf.rd Britton, Collector, on acc't, 

James F. Emerson, Treasurer, 1876, 
Otis Y. Waterman, Collector in full, . 
W. G. Skinner, Return of deaths, 



F. G. Coker, 
H. W. Eustis, 
Warren S. Parker, 
C. II. Davis, 
Daniel Carey, 

F. G. Coker, 

John F. Alexander, 
J. S. liatchelder, 
R. L. Cooper, 
John Drugan, 
Patrick Kenney, 
Patrick Foley, 
II. D. Hoyt, 
Thomas Gould, 
Joseph Tuttle, 



Janitor of Town Hall 
Night Watch, 



Constable, 
Police, 



44 



44 



$2,700 00 

100 00 
450 00 
350 00 
150 00 
*100 00 
200 00 

166 67 
100 00 

87 60 

es, 25 00 

300 00 

50 00 

59 00 

5 25 

331 00 

10 00 

5 00 
48 00 
33 50 

194 65 
95 80 

75 40 
50 95 
48 85 
28 90 
35 30 
22 70 
12 30 

6 00 
5 00 



Total, carried forward, 

f 25 of tli'a amount refunded ; see Troiuurer'n rep »jr. 



$3,146 87 



16 



Amount brought forward, .... $3,146 87 

Balance overdrawn transferred to Ap- 
propriation for Miscellaneous Ex- 
penses by direction of Selectmen, 446 87 



$2,700 00 



APPROPRIATION FOR STOCKING LAKE QUANNA- 

POWITT. 

Appropriation authorized, . . $350 00 

Less am't transferred to Saugus Riv- 
er appropriation, by permis- 
sion of Selectmen, . . 80 06 

$269 94 



Expended as follows : 




PaidThos. Pierce, 2d, 250 Black Bass 




at .60, 


$150 00 


State Treasurer, rent of pond 15 




years, 


10 00 


Asa French, preparing lease, . 


10 00 


Transportation of Ale wives and 




Salmon, . 


30 50 


D. F. Jones & Co., printing, 


4 7* 


J. W. Littlefield, wire netting, 


2 63 


Expenses to Plymouth, 


6 00 


Lumber and labor on screen at 




outlet, . . . 


5 25 


Expressage, stationery, postage, . 




telegrams, &c, 


6 01 



Total expended, . .,.. ... . $225 14 



Balance unexpended, now in hands of Fish Com. $44 80 



17 

APPROPRIATION FOR OPENING SAUGUS RIVER. 

« 

Regular appropriation authorized, . $200 00 

Transferred from Fish appropriation, 80 06 

Received from Town of Lyimfield, . 53 85 

" Mr. Flagg, . 1 00 

$334 91 

Expended as follows : 

Paid C. P. Poland, labor 21 1-4 days at $2 00, $42 50 

Thomas Gould, " 16 1-2 " " 2 00, 33 00 

E. Gowing, Jr., " ll' " " 1 75, 19 24 

F. P. Hoyt, " 18 1-4 « " 1 75, 31 92 
C. H. Hart, « 16 " " 1 75, 27 99 
John Loughlin, " 13 1-4 " " 175, 23 17 
M. Sullivan, " 12 1-4 << " 1 75, 21 42 
L. D. Hoyt, " 11 " " 1 75, . 19 24 
W.Crowley, << 12 " " 175, 20 99 
Charles Hart, " , 8 1-2 " " 175, 14 85 
E. Gowing, << 5 3-4" ". 1 75, 10 05 
P. Reddington, " 9 1-2 " " 1 75, 16 62 
M. Keegan, " 3 " " 1 75, 5 25 
M. Penny, " 8 « " 1 75, 14 00 
P. Crowley, " 3 " " 1 75, 5 25 
L. Smith, " 4 3-4 " " 1 75, 8 30 
Thomas Hickey, " 4 1-2 " " 175, 7 87 
W. W. Davis, Surveying, ... 6 0(3 
C. P. Poland, Horse, 1 day, . 1 50 
Lumber for Fishway and Raft, ... 5 75 



$334 91 



DECORATION OF SOLDIERS' GRATES. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . $150 00 

Paid R. L. Murklaud, Trcas. Post 12, G. A. R., 150 00 



18 



EXPENSE OF STREET LAMPS. 



Appropriation authorized, .... 


$1,200 00 


Expended as follows : 




Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., for gas, 


$565 37 


A. W. Cate, " lighting, 


75 00 


David Flanders, " " 


185 00 


I. F. Sheldon, " " Greenwood 


, 87 14 


Henry Phelps, " " North Dist, 


, 13 25 


Cutler Bros., " supplies, 


18 65 


W. A. Cutter & Co., 


5 67 


B. P. Bowman, " lanterns & repaii 


-s, 18 00 


Tufts Bros., " lamp posts, &c, 


40 50 


G. N. Littlefield & Co., " repairs, . 


7 90 


L. J. Descalzo, " " 


14 83 


J. Descalzo, " " 


7 20 


Z. F. Fairbanks, - " " ' . 


19 50 


John McGrory, " " 


3 00 


R. L. Murkland, " burners,. 


6 00 


J. H. Eaton, " express, . 


50 


Boston & Maine P. E., " freight bill, 


30 


F. G. Coker, " setting post, . 


2 00 


JLotai, . . . • . 


$1,069 81 


Balance unexpended, 


130 19 




$1,200 00 



19 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $3,500 00 

Expended as follows : 

Town House Account. 

Paid Citizens' Gas Lt. Co., for gas, . . . $420 35 

James J. Mansfield, 30*1230-2000 tons coal 

at $4.95, 
" . 5 1555-2000 " 5.40, 
II. O. Mitchell & Co., 2 1-4 cords pine 
wood, at $5.00, 

F. G. Coker, labor and sundries, 
Descalzo & Boulger, repairs, 
Ingalls & Kendriken , gauge glass for boiler 

E. H. Brabrook, piano stool, 
Win. Hall & Co., keys, . 
Sharp & Moulton, repairs, 
R. L. Murkland, gas fixtures, 

G. N. Littlefield & Co., sundries and repairs 
William Daniel, repairs, 
J. Stevens & Son, " . 
Geo. H. Teague, " . 
C. H. R. Cheney, repairing clock, 
Joseph Tuttle, removing ashes, . 
Bacon & Sweetser, repairs, 

F. S. Shaw, umbrella stand, 

Total, ..... $741 24 

NOTE.— Janitor's services charged to the appropriation for Payment of Town Officers. 
See Treasurer's Report for income of Hall. 

Pertaining to Highways. 
PaidH. L. Day, damage to sleigh, New Salem St. 
Elisha Oliver, damages on highway, 
William Derby, labor, setting bounds, 
James Foley, " " " 

L. D. Hoyt, " " " 

M. O. Shaughnessy, " " " 

Amount carried forward, 



151 


54 


31 


20 


11 


25 


32 


68 


2 


15 




30 


5 


00 


1 


38 


24 


95 


9 


25 


14 


26 


19 


50 


• 4 


00 


1 


00 


1 


00 


3 


00 


3 


43 


5 


00 



$5 75 
15 00 



00 
00 
50 
50 



$29 75 



20 



Amount brought forward, . . . $29 75 

Paid Geo. W. Stevens, labor setting bounds, . 32 00 

H. D. Hoyt, " " " . 1 50 

N. H. Dow, repairing culvert, . . . 3 00 

G. X. Littlefield & Co., stock fence old cemetery, 1 36 

J. J. Mansfield, " " " 13 33 

H. H. Hobson, " * " " 5 86 

Oliver Walton, 2nd, labor " " 23 86 

I. A. Parsons, " " " 1 80 

G. X. Littlefield & Co., repairs town pumps, 4 47 

John Wiley, 2nd, " " " 1 00 

David Perkins, guide boards, . . . 32 75 

Bacon & Sweetser, " . . . 15 00 

Oliver Walton, 2nd, labor on Ezra Eaton lot, 11 60 

Geo. H. Sweetser, " common, . 1 50 

James Hurley, repairs on sidewalk, . . 15 00 

Edw. C. Bates, tree protectors, . . 169 ,71 

E. W. Eaton, oil "... 1 75 
Peter B. Teed, care of trees, ... 3 50 
Cyrus Kimball, removing snow, 1877, . 4 00 
Stephen Lufkin, damage to fence by snow plow, 1 50 
Town of Stoneham, bound stones, . . 8 15 

F. G. Coker, repairing railing, ... 2 50 
Eichard Britton, Collector, sundry tax bills for 

labor on highway, . . . . 21 00 

Total, 

Phinting, Stationery, &c. 
Paid W. H. Twombly, ptg town reports, 1876-7, 
" " " and advertising, 

S. B. Dearborn, printing, 
Doane & Greenough, stationery, 
H. B. Peirce, Sec'y, voters' register, . 
J. W. Locke, P. M., postage stamps, 
C. F. Hartshorne, sundries for Town Clerk 
R. L. Murkland, " Selectmen, 

James Oliver, '« Assessors, 

Total, . . . . $531 18 



$405 


89 


$299 


50 


180 


59 


5 


00 


28 


25 


2 


00 


2 


00 


7 


27 


2 


50 


4 


07 



21 



In: L'RAKCE. 

PaidC. F. Hartshorne, Ins. on School Houses, . 
J. D. Mansfield, " 

Total, . 
Incidental Expenses. 

Paid John M. Gate, armory rent, 
J. H. Emerson, ringing bell, 
R.H.Mitchell, 

W. G. Skinner, circulating reports, 
Geo. Abbott, care of flag stair, . 
H. N. Winslow, teaming, 
E. E. Emerson, 4th of July celebration, 
J. R. Mansfield, for Board of Health, 

E. A. Upton, legal services, 
Moses Staples, repairs on bell, . 
Richard Britton, registration of voters, 
Oliver Walton, 2nd, return of deaths, 

" " repairs of hearse, 

Cutler Bros., food for tramps, 

F. S. Shaw, repairing table, 
I. F. Sheldon, repairs, 

Total, .... 

Other Appropriations Overdrawn 
Payment of Town Officers, .... 
Richardson St., appropriation, .... 
Highway appropriation retained by Selectmen, . 

Total, ..... 
Recapitulation . 
Appropriation brought forward, . , 

Expended as follows : 

Town House account, . . . $741 24 

Pertaining to highways, . . . 405 89 



$655 00 
90 00 

$745 00 

$350 00 

5 00 

3 00 

16 00 

5 00 

25 

100 00 

19 50 

5 00 

3 75 

35 00 

11 25 

50 

2 71 

50 

2 00 



$559 46 


$446 87 
5 77 
7 25 



$459 89 
$3,500 00 



Amounts carried forward, $1,147 13 $3,500 00 



22 



Amounts brought forward, 


$1,147 23 


$3,500 00 


Printing, stationery, &c, . 


. 531 18 




Insurance, .... 


. 745 00 




Incidentals, . . ... 


. 559 46 




Overdrawn appropriations, 


. 459 89 


- 


Total 




3,442 66 


LUlctl, .... 





Balance unexpended, 



$57 34 



$3,000 00 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 

By vote of the Board of Selectmen, April 13, 
1877, the above amount was apportioned to 
the several districts, as follows, viz. : 

Centre District, Levi Flanders, surveyor, . 
North " C. P. Poland, 

South " L. B. Eaton, " 

East " C. H. Derby, 

West " H. W. Nichols, " 

Woodville " Joshua Perham, " 
Ketained by Selectmen for outstanding bills 
of last year, ..... 

Total, . .. ... .. $3,000 00 

The above amounts have been expended as follows : 
Amount retained by Selectmen. 

« 

Amount apportioned, . . . • . $115 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid John Gr. Morrill, clearing snow, 1876-7, . 34 87 

Andrew Young, " " " . 27 38 



$675 


00 


430 


00 


430 


00 


400 


00 


650 


00 


300 


00 


115 


00 



Amount carried forward, 



$62 25 



23 



Amount brought forward, 


$Q2 25 


Paid J. H. Perkins, clearing snow, 1876-7, 


6 50 


H. D. Hoyt, 


a a a 


7 00 


Cyrus Kimball, 


a a a 


27 81 


Ezra Go wing, 


a a a 


11 20 


C. P. Poland, 


a it a 


7 49 



Amount overdrawn carried to Appropriation 
for Miscellaneous Expenses, 



$122 25 



7 25 



$115 00 
Centre District. — Levi Flanders, Surveyor. 



Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, 
Received from sundry individuals for soil, &c, . 

Expended as follows : 
Paid sundry individuals as per pay rolls for labor 

upon various streets as follows, viz : 
Main street from Town House to Junction, 

" " R.R. Bridge " 

Valley, Hart, Melvin, Church, Railroad Sts., 

and Broadway, ..... 
Bryant, Emerald, Cottage, Highland and 

Richardson Sts., 
Water and Melvin Sts., 
Crescent, Valley, Cottage and Melvin Sts. 
Yale Ave. and Railroad St., 
Clearing out cesspools, Main St., 
Sundry bills for blacksmith work, lumber 

and labor, ..... 
Removing snow in February, 

Total expended, 
Add errors found in Pay Rolls, . 



Balance in excess of Apportionment, and now 
due Levi Flanders, .... 



$675 00 
17 00 

$692 00 



$72 62 
125 56 

132. 06 



85 


24 


126 


00 


6 


52 


12 


00 


10 


50 


r 

68 


50 


149 


85 


$788 85 


12 


37 



$801 22 
109 22 



$692 00 



24: 



North District.— C. P. Poland, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, . $430 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid sundry individuals, as per pay rolls for labor 
upon the highway, .... 
for removing snow, .... 
for gravel, . . 
for drain pipe and blacksmithing, 

Total expended, .... 
Balance now due Mr. Poland, . 



347 


23 


56 


85 


33 


QS 


2 


84 


$440 


60 


10 


60 



$430 00 



$49 33 



38-98 
5 00 
5 35 



South District. — L. B. Eaton, Surveyor. 
Balance in hands of surveyor, as per report last 
year, ...... 

Expended as follows : 
Paid for labor, as per pay roll, for removing 
snow, 1876-7, . . 
Peter Froton, for removing ledge, 
Use of scraper and blacksmithing, 

Total, . 

Amount apportioned and drawn this year, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid sundry individuals, as per pay rolls, for 
labor on the highway, 
Removing snow, January and February, 
Repairing picks, .... 



Total expended, 
A balance is therefore due to Mr. Eaton, of 



$430 00 
Mr. Eaton reports that money has been expended upon 
various streets as follows : 

Main Street, $241 50 

Greenwood Street, 159 24 

Green Street, 15 00 



$49 33 


$430 00 


416 


74 


17 


10 


3 


93 


$437 


77 


7 


77 



25 



East District. — C. IT. Derby, Surveyor. 

Balance in hands of Surveyor, as per report last 

year, $55 46 

Expended as follows : 

Paid for labor, as per pay roll, for removing snow, 
1876—7, . 

for Highway labor in Oct., '77, . 
Balance paid to the Town Treasurer, 



36 


05 


18 


87 




54 


$55 


46 


$400 


00 



Amount apportioned and drawn this year, 

Expended as follows : 

Paid sundry individuals, as per pay rolls, for labor, 329 55 

for removing snow, . . . . . 39 62 

for gravel, ...... 24 68 

for repairing bridge on New Salem St., . 5 00 

blacksmith work, . .... "90 



j_oxai, ..... 
Balance in hands of surveyor, . 



$399 75 
25 

$400 00 



Air. Derby reports that money has been expended upon 
various streets as follows : 



Lowell Street, .... 


. $120 00 


Vernon " 


111 00 


Xew Salem, " 


75 00 


Patching and sidewalks, . 


28 05 


For gravel, ..... 


24 (58 



26 



West District. — Hero W. Xichols, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, $650 00 
Expended as follows : 

Paid sundry individuals, as per pay roll, for labor, 588 75 

for removing snow, . . . . . 89 85 

tools and repairs, . . . ... 11 75 



Total expended, 

Balance now due Mr. Xichols, 



$690 35 
40 35 



$650 00 
Mr. Xichols makes the following report of where the 
money has been expended : 

Railroad St., from Ice Houses to Reading line, $226 00 

Elm St., Davis Foster's Hill, .... 25 00 

Prospect St., from Stoneham line to R.R. crossing, 212 00 
West Chestnut St., near J. Whittein ore's, . 40 00 

Patching roads, &c, . . . . . 85 75 

Tools, &c, ....... 11 75 

Removing snow, . . . . . . 89 85 



Total, 



$690 35 



TVoodyille District. — Joshua Perham, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, . $300 00 
Balance in hands of surveyor last year, 



2 56 



Expended as follows : 

Paid sundry individuals, as per pay roll, for labor, 
for removing snow, . 
for gravel, .... 

scraper and tools, 

Total expended, 

Balance now due Mr. Perham, 



302 


56 


$279 


34 


35 


00 


17 


64 


o 
O 


10 



$335 08 
32 52 



$302 56 



27 



Mr. Perham makes the following report : 

The proportion of Highway money committed to me for 



the year 1877, I have expended as fo 

Water Street 
Nahant 

Wiley 

Farm 

Franklin 

Orchard 

Street near Baxter Wiley's, 



lows 



$154 30 


104 


70 


2 


30 


3 


67 


o 
O 


38 




60 


1 


05 



$270 00 



Total, 
According to my best judgment, 

JOSHUA PEKHAM, 
Highway Surveyor of Woodville District. 



From the foregoing reports we find the total cost of re- 
moving snow the present season in all the districts amounts 
to $388.27. The prices paid in the various districts were for 
surveyor, $1.75 per day; laborers, $1.50 per day. For 
removing snow an average of 25 cents per hour for laborers ; 
for man and horse 50 cents per hour. — (Auditors.) 



APPROPRIATION FOR BENNETT STREET. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . • $150 00 

Expended as follows : 



Paid Joseph Tuttle, as per pay roll, for labor by 
sundry individuals, .... 



$150 00 



28 

APPROPRIATION FOR RICHARDSON STREET. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . $100 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid J. W. Jenkins, as per pay roll, for labor by 

sundry individuals, . . . . 109 77 

Less cash received for soil, . . . 4 00 



Total, $105 77 

Balance carried to miscellaneous expenses, . 5 77 



$100 00 



CASH BALANCES IN HANDS OF SELECTMEN OF 
LAST YEAR, AS PER REPORT. 

Beacon Street appropriation, . . . . $150 00 
Charles " " .... 184 00 



334 00 
Expended as follows : 

Paid Levi Flanders, as per contract for Beacon St., $134 00 

" Charles " 200 00 

$334 00 



R E P O R T 



OF THE 



OVERSEERS OE THE POOR, 



For the year ending April 1st, 1878. 



EXPENSES AT THE ALMSHOUSE. 

For grain and meal, 
groceries, 

meat and provisions, 
dry goods, 
coal, 

clothing, . 
salt and fresh fish, 
funeral expenses of Eulalia Slocomb, 
tea and coffee, 
tobacco and snuff, 
labor on farm, . 
ice, 

crackers and bread, . 
pasturing calves, 
kerosene oil, . 
brooms, . 
blacksmith's bill, 
stock, 

Amount carried forward, 



$377 


13 


306 


57 


424 


85 


150 


6Q 


163 


10 


58 


41 


45 


45 


17 


00 


54 


50 


32 


45 


89 


25 


20 


00 


41 


31 


10 


00 


30 


93 


7 


50 


17 


32 


52 r 


00 


. $1,898 


43 



30 



Amount brought forward 
For field and garden seeds, 
molasses, 
soap, 

repairs on buildings, 
29 bbls. of flour," 
beans and peas, 
dog license, 
sugar, 

physicians' services, 
medicines, 
alcohol and liquors, 
hard and tin ware, 
household furniture, 
farming tools, . 
beds and bedding, 
butter and cheese, 
vinegar, . 
wooden ware 
crockery ware, 
boots and shoes, 
harness and repairs, 
varnishing wagon, 
wheelwright's bill, 
salt grass, 
newspaper and post-office bill, 
car tickets and expense, 
plaster for vines, 
cash to inmates, 
use of bull, 
tomato plants, . 
bedding for tramps, . 
lumber, 

hats and caps, . 
handcuffs, 
lightning rods for barn, 

Amount carried forward, 



>1,898 


43 


13 


19 


53 


25 


25 


32 


49 


56 


272 


62 


9 


03 


2 


00 


62 


69 


61 


25 


58 


15 


6 


65 


47 


96 


11 


28 


14 


76 


40 


66 


66 


16 


11 


58 


1 


98 


6 


85 


94 


44 


19 


60 


7 


00 


15 


74 


27 


90 


10 


12 


8 


85 


1 


00 


2 


00 




75 


3 


00 


14 


87 


4 


20 


8 


19 


4 


25 


51 


00 


$2,986 


28 



:u 



Amount brought forward, 
For ashes, 

stoves and repairs, 

butcher's knives, 

seed potatoes, . 

express charges, 
Paid Joseph Tuttle, keeper, salary in full, 



Total expense at the almshouse for 
the year, .... 

receipts. 

Received for labor on Bennett Street, 

removing ashes from Town House, 
from W. D.Deadman, for peas, 

" " " cabbages, . 



from J. Perham, 

" C. N. White, 
" D. G. Walton, 



veal, 

shovelling snow 
potatoes, 
vegetables, 
' potatoes, 
' pork,, 
milk, 

vegetables, 
1 labor, 
< hay, . 
from sundry persons for cabbages, 
" Mrs. Leggett, for milk, 



$2,980 28 

1 00 

33 99 

1 55 

10 00 

6 00 

350 00 



$3,388 82 



$47 62 

3 00 
9 00 

11 70 
11 00 

7 60 
2 00 

4 25 
11 70 
25 90 
22 32 

8 00 
2 50 

65 13 
10 00 

5 65 



Total receipts, 
Net expense at almshouse, 



$247 37 



EXPENSES AWAY FROM THE ALMSHOUSE. 



Supplies to Martin Donohoe, 
Maria Green, 

Amount carried forward, 



3,141 


45 


$14 


88 


5 


13 



$20 01 



32 



Amount carried forward, 
Supplies to Ann McCarty, 

Thomas Manning, 

John Francis, 

Patrick Grady, 

Benjamin Freeby, 

James Develin, 

Mrs. L. A. Durrill, 

William Crowley, 

Michael Hurley, 

Porter Western, 
Eeform School, Thomas O'Conner's, Westborough, 
Paid board Nelson Sweetser, hospital, 

George O. Sampson, " 

James O. Boswell, " 

Mary E. Osborne, " 

John Kelley, Jr., House of Correction, 

Charles Tucker, " " 

Paid burial Josephine Swintson, 

Hannah E. Sutherland's child, 

Seth E. Eichard's child, 

Ina Morrison's child, 

Mrs. Thomas Tully, 

W. A. Merrill's child, 
Supplies to William H. Batchelder, 

Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Beading, 

John Foley's boys, 

Jane Besterick, 

Ealph Pratt, . 

Hannah Thompson, 

E. W. Wood, 
Doctor's bill, " 

Supplies to Barnard Derby, 

James Flarrety, 

Mary Regan, 

Michael Foley, 

Amount carried forward. 



$20 01 

9 02 

52 05 

3 25 
64 71 

11 25 
29 20 
26 90 

12 00 
142 00 
125 12 

67 00 
198 07 

55 71 
117 80 
46 03 
21 57 
25 28 
7 00 
23 10 

13 50 

6 00 
18 00 

7 00 

8 00 
116 00 

97 50 
5Li 00 

68 50 

14 65 
43 50 

5 00 
114 50 

4 00 
35 72 

4 00 

$1,668 94 



33 



Amount brought forward. 
Supplies to Theresa Blakely, 

"William Jones, 

Ellen Cochran, 
Paid to K. T. Foster, board of child, 
Supplies to R. A. Sloan, 

"Wm. B. Crawford, 

J. T. B. Hall, 

Thomas Mulligan, 

Frank Pendle, 

James Mooney, 

Jane Kelley, 

Daniel Shannahan, 

Samuel Mayo, 

Patrick O'Xeil, 

Thomas Tully, 

Henry Williams, 

John Craughwell, 

James Welch 

John Madden, 

Tramps, 

Mrs. M. J. Leathe, 

Geo. M. Ardell, 

J. Tyler, 

Michael Kennedy, 

M. Bladden, . 
Doctor's bill " 

John Low, 

MaryCullen, . 

John Burclitt, 

AVm. O'Neil, 

Annie M. Spencer, 

Sarah Nichols, 

John Spencer, 

Patrick Farrington 

Thomas Mitchell, 



$1,668 94 
17 02 
14 75 
24 92 
37 00 

10 00 
2 00 

20 25 

8 75 

14 50 

11 90 
10 00 
32 15 
53 00 

9 00 
27 50 

115 17 

15 00 



3 
5 
4 
4 
2 
5 



00 
50 
12 
88 
50 
00 



16 00 
6 25 

2 50 
1 50 

14 90 

11 50 
8 20 

20 5G 
1 50 
8 50 

19 16 
4 00 



Amount carried forward, 



$2,231 42 



34 



Amount brought forward, 
William Flynn, 
Walter Linwood, 
C. H. Carson, 
Michael Connell, 
Peter Connell, 
Expense of Printing for Poor Department, 
" as Overseer, C. N. White, 
W. F. Young, 



Total expense away from almshouse, 



a 



►2,231 


42 


5 


25 


7 


00 


1 


75 


6 


15 


12 


00 


7 


00 


32 


68 


1 


30 



$2,304 55 



EECEIPTS. 



Received from the State, J. Develin, 
" " " Mary Regan, 

" " " Frank Pendle, 

of V. H. Osborne, . 



a 



Total Receipts, , 

Net expense away from almshouse, . 

Recapitulation. 

The Overseers have received from former Board, 
" " " " " town of Water- 

town, for S. W. Whitney (last year's acc't), 
Received from town of Peabody, for J. S. Mann, 
(last year's acc't) 
Gloucester, for R. H. Parsons, (last 

year's acc't) 
No. Reading, for N. C. Hunter, (last 

year's acc't) 
State, for J. A. Bechmont, (last 

year's acc't) 
Town Treasurer, 



$5 


50 


10 


00 


4 


00 


23 


00 


$42 50 


2,262 


05 


$71 


84 


70 


30 


16 


00 


29 


95 


12 


15 


15 


65 


5,200 


00 



$5,415 89 



35 



Net expense at the Almshouse, 


$3,141 


45 


44 " away from " 


2,262 


05 

- &5 403 50 








Balance in Overseers' hands, 


$12 39 


Largest number of inmates, 




23 


Average " " " 


» • 


18 


Present " " " 


» • 


13 


Tramps relieved, 




1094 


INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY 


AT THE 


ALMSHOUSE. 


Stock, ..... 




. $628 75 


Hay, ...... 




241 00 


Grain, . ... 




9 35 


Carriages and farming tools, 




634 00 


Household furniture, 




499 62 


Provisions, . 




133 91 


Miscellaneous, 




257 25 



Total, $2,403 88 

INMATES OF THE ALMSHOUSE DURING THE YEAR. 



Mr. Warren Burditt, 
James Lang, 
Walter Tuttle, 
Geo. A. Burditt, 
Edward Denehey, 
James Eager, 
John H. Slocomb, 
Charles Tucker, 
John Murphy, 
James Driscoll, 
John Francis, 

Miss 



Mrs. Keziah Burditt, 
Sarah Nichols, 
* Kosella Slocomb, 

Nora Denehey, 
Miss Susan Burditt, 
Eulalia Slocomb,* 
Maiy E. Denehey, 
EttaW. Slocomb, 
Margaret Eager, 
Cora M. Slocomb, 
Bessie M. Brimmer, 
Mary Clements. 



The name with the Btar denotes the person deceased. 



36 

Interest on Personal Property, 

" Eeal Estate, 
Overseers' orders, . 



$105 


8S 


300 


00 


3,141 


45 



,547 31 



1094 tramps at an expense of . $382 90 
Supporting the average of 18 paupers, at $3 38 per week. 

There is now due from the State for Mrs. Michael Connell,$l 50 





i a 


i ( 


Mary Regan, 


22 72 




i a 


a 


John Spencer, 


8 50 




i a 


a 


Benj. Freely, 


11 25 




i a 


a 


Hannah Thompson, 


6 00 




i i i 


i i 


C. H. Carson, 


1 75 




i i t 


i i 


Frank Pendle, 


4 00 




i a 


i i 


James Devlin, 


13 05 




i a 


Boston, 


" Josephine Swintson, 


7 00 




i i ( 


Salem, 


" W. H. Bachelder, 


8 00 




i a 


Hanover, 


" Geo. O. Sampson, 


55 71 




t a 


Orleans, 


"K. A. Sloan, 


10 00 




i a 


Saugus, 


"J. T.B.Hall, . 


20 25 


" ■ * 


( i i 


Somerville, 


4 00 



Total, 



$173 73 



Bills due against the Town, March 1, 1878, $90 00. 

There are several small amounts, accruing since January 
first, due to other towns, not rendered, and probably about 
equal sums to our credit; so, that the final result will not 
differ, materially, from the foregoing statement. 

One death has occurred at the Farm House during the 
year among the inmates, and there has been more or less 
sickness, — one of the females, at present, seriously, if not 
permanently, indisposed. 

The army of "Tramps" has steadily increased, and we 
find upon our roll 1094 of these uninvited guests of the town, 



37 

for the past twelve months — exceeding last year's record by 
nearly three hundred, and causing an increased expense to 
the department. 

The past year has proved to be one of unusual severity to 
the poor. The extended depression in nearly all branches of 
business throughout the country, and particularly in our local 
industries, has forced the more necessitous to apply to the 
Overseers for temporary relief. It has been our endeavor 
not to enlarge this account beyond the plainest demands of 
humanity. In this connection we cannot forbear to express 
the hope, that through some measure of practical co-opera- 
tion among the several boards of town officers, all able bod- 
ied persons receiving municipal aid may be enabled to make 
return for the same, in some form of faithful service. 

Mr. Ira Wiley, Jr. , was elected one of the Overseers at 
the annual meeting. Through his death, which occurred early 
in the season, the principal duties of the board, for the year, 
have, necessarilly, devolved upon us. This sad event de- 
prived the town of an efficient and faithful officer and his as- 
sociates on the board of a valued adviser. We desire to re- 
cord our appreciation of his many virtues. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CYRUS N. WHITE, ) Overseers of the 
WM. F. YOUNG, 5 town of Wakefield. 



COLLECTOKS' STATEMENTS. 



Tax of 1875. 
Otis V. Waterman, Collector. 

Uncollected balance as per last report, . . $4,945 96 
Eeceived as interest, . . . . 550 86 



Paid Town Treasurer, . . $4,821 09 
Abated by Assessors,. . . 675 73 



Tax of 1876. 
Eichard Britton, Collector. 

Uncollected balance as per last report, . 
Eeceived as interest, 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 



$5,496 82 



$5,496 82 



• • 


$10,308 8.6 
390 64 


£6,474 89 
101 92 


$10,699 50 
6,576 81 





Balance uncollected, . . $4,122 69 



39 



Tax of 1877. 



RlOHABD Bkitton, Collector. 



Total amount assessed, 
Received as interest, 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, 



. $52,220 83 
37 45 



$52,2(54 28 



$40,364 89 
663 88 

1,846 44 



42 875 21 



Balance uncollected, 



$0,38!) 07 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



Jas. F. Emerson, Treas. in acct. with Town of Wakefield. 

DR. 
To cash balance in Treasury, March 5, 1877, 
hired on Town Notes, 
release of tax deeds, 
interest received on taxes and loans, 
F. Williams, Auctioneer license, . 
income Town Hall, 
Daniel Norcross, Auctioneer license 
Sale of Town History, 
Eichard Britton, collector, 1876, . 
" " " 1877, . 

land rent, ... 
liquor licenses, .... 
C. H. Derby, highway surveyor, unex 

pended balance of 1876, 
State Treasurer, pauper account, 
O. V. Waterman, collector, 1875, 
Circus License, .... 
Sale of common grass, 

" park fence, 
W. G. Skinner, Auctioneer license, 
Henry Davis, " " 

State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 

National Bank tax, 
State aid, . 
Armory rent, 
School fund, 
First District Court, (fines, &c), 
L. H. Tasker, on account of rental for 
first four years of Crystal Lake, 
lease dated March 1, 1876, 
from sale of gravel, 
County Treasurer, dog tax, 
from Board of Engineers, 
First District Court, lockup fees, 
J. M. Cate, in settlement of armory rent, 



a 



a 



it 



tt 



a 



$6,693 94 

23,000 00 

808 49 

268 73 

2 00 

401 07 

2 00 

35 00 

6,474 89 

40,364 89 

25 00 

450 00 

54 

25 65 

4,821 09 

10 00 

20 00 

75 

2 00 

2 00 

2,059 47 

1,686 58 

1,800 00 

250 00 

220 01 

10 00 



5 00 
17 50 

337 03 
25 00 

6 00 
151 60 



$89,976 23 



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CE. 

By Cash paid, Town orders, . . . .$30,542 39 
" Principal on Loan, . . . 38,000 00 
" interest, . . . . . 7,340 28 
" release deeds, . . . . 18 25 

" State Treasurer, 1-4 liquor license 

receipts, . . . . 112 50 

" O. Y. Waterman, Collector, 1874 
and 5, for deeds of real estate, 
sold^for taxes, 
" for register of deeds, 
" State aid account, 
." Saugus tax, 
State tax, 

" Bank tax, 
" County tax, 

" School Committee, State school 
fund, 
Library Trustees, interest on Flint 

memorial fund, 
Overseers of Poor, State pauper 

■ receipts, . 
F. Gr. Coker, Lockup fees, 
balance cash in Treasury, 



,976 23 



a 



a 



a 



a 



a 



. 1,062 


32 


13 


60 


. 1,909 


00 


4 


00 


, 3,810 


00 


779 


55 


. 2,233 
l 


73 


i 

220 


01 


60 


00 


25 


65 


6 


00 


3,838 


95 



LOAN ACCOUNT. 

Amount as per audit, March 5, 1877, 
since hired by Treasurer, 



Amount paid since March 5, 1877, . 
Total Loans, 



$116,600 00 
23,000 00 

$139,600 00 
38,000 00 

$101,600 00 



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Loans are now held, March 5, 1878, as follows : 

Hon. Otis Norcross, due April 27, 1878, . $8,000 00 

State Treasurer, due May 1, 1879, . . 10,000 00 

Henry Bancroft Estate, due Oct. 10, 1880, . 15,000 00 

State Treasurer, due May 20, 1881, . . 19,600 00 

Bonds to Bearer, 1,000 each, due June 1, 1881, 19,000 00 

" " " " " May 1,1882, 30,000 00 



Total, .... $101,600 00 



TOWN DEBT. 

Amount of Notes and Bonds bear- 
ing interest, March 5, 1878, $101,600 00 

Accrued Interest on Notes and 
Bonds to this date, . . . 2,001 17 
ue on State Aid Penpion account, 47 00 

Outstanding Town Orders, . . 556 88 



Total Liabilities, .... $104,205 05 

Cash balance in Treasury, . . $3,838 95 
Due from State on account of State 

aid, as per return, Dec. 31, 1877, 1,888 50 

Tax deeds held by Treasurer, . 1,159 27 

Due on Tax List, 1876, . . 4,122 68 

1877, . . 9,389 07 



Total assets, . . $20,398 47 



Net debt, $83,806 58 

Net Debt as per report last year, . . . 94,796 81 
Net Debt as per report this year, . . . 83,806 58 



Decrease since 1877 report, . . $10,990 23 



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LIST OF TAX DEEDS NOW HELD BY TOWN 
TREASURER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. 





Tax. 


Date of Deeds. 




Rodney Edmands, 


1873, 


Oct. 


23 


, 1874, 


$6 48 


Rodney Edmands, 


1873, 


Oct. 


23 ; 


1874, 


28 01 


James French, 


1873, 


Oct. 


23 ; 


1874, 


5 97 


John McLoud, 


1873, 


Aug. 


31, 


1875, 


7 95 


John McLoud, 


1873, 


Aug. 


31 


, 1875, 


7 95 


Walcott & Young, 


1873, 


Oct. 


23 : 


1874, 


5 97 


J. W. Bancroft, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3 


, 1876, 


6 47 


Rodney Edmands, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3, 


1876, 


29 98 


Rodney Edmands, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3, 


1876, 


7 03 


John Minniken, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3, 


1876, 


14 30 


John McLoud, 


1874, 


Aug. 


31, 


1875, 


8 12 


John McLoud, 


1874, 


Aug. 


31. 


, 1875, 


8 12 


Isaac W. Silloway, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3- 


1876, 


18 23 


Geo. W. Turner, 


1874, 


Aug. 


3 


1876, 


12 06 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1874, 


Aug. 


31, 


1875, 


24 00 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1874, 


Aug. 


31 


, 1875, 


18 00 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1874, 


Aug. 


31 


, 1875, 


25 00 


Albert Day, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


30 51 


John Hill, 


1875, 


July 


6 


p 1877, 


15 44 


Geo. H. Jackson, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


32 18 


Geo. Kempton, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


7 06 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


18 78 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 


6 


1877, 


99 16 


Edward Mansfield, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


22 14 


Caroline R. Nichols, 


1875, 


July 


6 


. 1877, 


75 72 


Andrew J. Perham, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


43 90 


A.J.Perham,W.W.Besseyl875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


27.15 


Geo. W. Turner, 


1875, 


July 


6, 


1877,' 


10 41 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1875, 


July 


6 


, 1877, 


543 18 



$1,159 27 



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STATE AID. 

Amount allowed various individuals for year 

ending March 1, 1878, . . $1890 00 

Balance due from Treas., March 1, 1877, 66 00 









$1956 00 


The Treas. has paid of the above amount, 1909 00 




Due from Treas. to March 1, 1878, . 47 00 










$1956 00 






The amounts which have been paid each person appear in 


the following statement : 






Israel F. Barnes, 


$60 00 


Sarah S. Mason, 


48 00 


Elizabeth Bateruan, 


12 00 


Elizabeth Moses, 


44 00. 


W. W. Bessey, 


84 00 


Johanna Orpin, 


48 00 


Mary V. Brown, 


48 00 


Esther S. Parker, 


56 00 


E. C. Bryant, Guardian of 




William D. Parker, 


40 50 


W. C. Bryant, 


140 00 


Lucy Poland, 


48 00 


Augusta M. Chandler, 


48 00 


John P. Ross, 


28 00 


Eliza N. Clifford, 


48 00 


John S. Sargent, 


22 00 


Thomas W. Coombs, 


84 00 


Lydia Sweetser, 


48 00 


Mary A. Curtis, 


8 00 


Sarah Sweetser, 


48 00 


John Davis, 


100 00 


Geo. W. Townsend, 


144 00 


Victor Eaton, 


72 00 


John Whitford, 


7 00 


Rodney Edmands, 


60 Oo 


Geo. N. Whiting, 


54 00 


Alexander Flanders, 


44 00 


Geo. H. Wiley, 


78 00 


Orlando N. Gammons, 


24 00 


John Wiley, 2nd, 


67 50 


Micah Heath, 


96 00 


Hiram Woodis, 


102 00 


^TppflTinm O TTnntpv 


24 00 
18 00 






11 W\^Vill CLLL1 \_; • XX U 11LC1 j 

George H. Jackson, 




$1,909 00 


Lucinda Locke, 


56 00 







SELECTMEN'S REPORT. 



The Board of Selectmen present the following report of 
their action upon matters within their province, for the mu- 
nicipal year, now closing : 

STREETS. 

New Salem Street. — The small unexpended balance 
($6.38) of the appropriation for this street remaining from 
last year, has been worked out upon the street. 

A petition for a town way from Salem to Sweetser street, 
signed by Wm. K. Perkins and others, was received, and a 
hearing had, but the Board declined to report the same to the 
town, on account of the excessive land damages demanded, 
believing that the advantages to be derived from the new 
street would not compensate the town for its high cost. 

A petition was also presented for the laying out of Oak 
street, so-called, from Lake to Albion street, but the large 
expense of building the same, taken in connection with the 
few to be benefitted by it, has induced your Board to with- 
hold a report in its favor. 

Upon the petition of James J. Mansfield and others for the 
laying out, and building, a town way over the private way 
leading from Main to Water street, your Board have not 
reported on account of the large expense to which the town 
would be put for land damages, removal of buildings and 
construction of the road, although we fully realize the bene- 
fit to the travelling public of the proposed new road when it 
is built. 

Bennett Street. — This street has been raised, widened and 
graded, in accordance with the vote of the town, at an 
expense of one hundred and fifty dollars. 



46 

Richardson Street. — This street has also been raised and 
graded, as per vote of the town, at an expense of one hun- 
dred and five dollars and seventy-seven cents. 

PERAMBULATION OF THE TOWN LINES. 

The perambulation of the line between Wakefield and 
Reading was made in October, and the bound stones found 
in proper order. 

In the perambulation of the line between Wakefield and 
Stoneham, the bound stones were found in proper order with 
one exception ; this has been replaced with a new stone, at 
an expense of eight dollars and fifteen cents (half cost.) 

GUIDE BOARDS. 

Guide-boards have been placed upon Green, Water, Pleas- 
ant, Yernon, and New Salem streets. We are not aware of 
any others being required at present. 

SAUGUS RIVER. < 

The sum of two hundred dollars was appropriated by the 
town for changing the channel of Saugus river, so that it 
should become the boundary line between Wakefield and 
Lynnfield, but an examination of the ground showed that a 
much larger sum would be necessary for that purpose, and 
therefore, the mouey was placed to the credit of the Fish 
Committee for opening the old channel, and removing the 
obstructions to the passage of fish. 

LICENSES. 

Under the Act of April 5th, 1875, a fourth class, or drug- 
gist license, was granted to J. D. Mansfield and Wm. H. 
Piper, and second and third class licenses were granted to 
Isaac Barton, Aaron Butler, George Cox, William O. Evans, 
Thomas Lally, Mary Cox, and Mary Welch, for the sale of 
malt liquors, cider and light wines, and the license fees, 
amounting to four hundred and fifty dollars, were paid into 
the town treasury. 



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TOWN HISTORIES. 

Sixty-three copies of the Town History remained on hand 
at the close of the last year. Of these, thirty-five have been 
sold during the year, and the proceeds ($35.00) paid to the 
Town Treasurer. 

ARMORY RENT. 

The balance due from John M. Cate ($151.60) in settle- 
ment of Armory reut, has been paid to the Town Treasurer, 
and a new contract has been entered into between Mr. Cate 
and the Selectmen, for the use of the Armory hall and ante- 
rooms, at a rent of $350 per year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed,) JAMES OLIVER, ) Selectmen 

R. L. MURKLAND, } of 

B. B. BURBANK, ) Wakefield. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT. 



The following is the valuation of Estates, Real and Person- 
al, taxed in this town May 1st, 1877 : 

Eeal Estate, . . . $3,205,370 00 
Personal " . . . 711,585 00 



$3,916,955 00 
Residents' bank stock, (National Bank of 

So. Reading,) 47,725 00 



Total valuation, . . . $3,964,680 00 

TThole number of Polls, 1310. 

Tax, $2 00 2,620 00 

Rate of taxation, $12,30 per $1,000 00 
Total amount assessed, including residents' bank 

stock and overlay, . . . . $51,399 68 

Whole number of Dwelling Houses taxed, 1,043 
" " " Horses " 264 

" " « Cows " 200 

" " " Acres of Land " 3,914 3-4 

Value of Real Estate and Machinery of 

Corporations, . . . . . $421,870 00 

Value of Real Estate in Wakefield exempted 

by law from taxation, .... $144,500 00 
Respectfully submitted, 
(Signed,) JAMES OLIVER, ) Assessors 

DAVID PERKINS, [ of 
J. S. EATOX, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 2, 1878. 



ENGINEERS' REPORT, 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1st, 1878. 



The Fire Department consists of two hand Engines, one 
Hook and Ladder Truck, one Chemical Engine with twenty- 
five hundred feet of hose, all in good condition. 

The Board appointed eighty-seven members, divided as 
follows: — Yale Engine Co., fifty-seven men; Washington 
Hook and Ladder Co., twenty men ; Chemical Engine Co., 
twelve men. 

At a meeting of the Board of Engineors, held in May last, 
a committee from the C. Wakefield Engine Company inform- 
ed the Board that the members wanted pay for their services 
the coming year. We advised them to lay the matter before 
the town at the next meeting, as we understood the appro- 
priation committee did not include the payment of the C. 
Wakefield Company. 

FIRES. 

The losses during the past year have been small compared 
with previous years. Following is a list of fires for the year 
ending March 1st; 1878 : 

June 5. Dwelling house at Woodville, loss $400. 

June 10. Shed connected with Osgood's factory on Al- 
bion street, loss $40. 

Aug. 3. In dwelling house corner of Bryant and Vernon 

streets, loss $5. 

Aug. 1G. Stack of hay on Bennett street. 

4 



50 

Dec. 4. Dwelling house on Prospect street near Stone- 
ham line, loss $400. 

The Engineers caused a well to be built near the Yale En- 
gine house at a cost of $36.90. 

Also purchased 100 feet of hose for the Chemical Engine, 
• at a cost of $20.32. 

The Board would recommend the town to appropriate the 
sum of $120, for the purpose of painting, papering and car- 
peting the Hall of the Yale Engine House. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

S. F. LITTLEFIELD, ) Engineers. 

H. L. DAY, \ of the 

C. H. DAYIS, ) Fire Department. . 



POLICE REPORT. 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the town of Wake- f 
field : 

Gentlemen : — I have the honor herewith to submit my 
annual report of the doings of the Police force for the year 
ending March 1, 1878. 



Whole number of arrests, .... 


. 118 


Arrested for carrying concealed weapons, 


1- 


" violation of Town By-Law, 


r 


" obtaining goods by false pretences, 


l 


" stubborn child, . . . . 


l 


" unlawfully fishing, 


i 


"' bastardy,. .... 


1' 


1 ' contempt of court, 


l 


" adultery, ...... 


l 


" capias for witness, 


l 


" arson, ..... 


2 


" breaking and entering, 


, ^ 


" surety of the peace, 


3 


" insanity, ..... 


3 


" violation of dog law, for keeping dog 


r 


without license, . 


4 


" keeping unmuzzled dog, 


4 


" disturbing the peace, . 


4 


" cruelty to animals, . 


5 


" unlawfully selling intoxicating liquors, . 


7 


" vagrancy, 


7 


" larceny, ...... 


12 



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Arrested for malicious mischief, .... 15 
" drunkenness, . . . . .19 
" assault and battery, . . . . 21 

Tramps to the number of 35 have been furnished lodgings 
at the lockup during the year. 

I would suggest in this connection that an additional room 
be finished to be used in conjunction with the lockup for this 
class of wanderers, and to rid the almshouse of a nuisance. 

I am, gentlemen, very truly, your obedient servant, 

DANIEL CAREY, 

Wakefield, March 1, 1878. Chief of Police. 



FISH COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 



In presenting our second annual report we desire to ex- 
press our gratification at the cordial manner in which our 
efforts have been seconded by the people ; exceptidns have 
been met with of course, but those very exceptions have 
been so presented in contrast to our general experience, as 
to exhibit their authors in so narrow-minded and selfish a 
light as to make us more keenly appreciate the public spirit 
and good will of the majority. 

When we presented our last report it was understood that 
all the fishways on the Saugus River were to be completed 
early in April last. Messrs. Franker & Co., of Saugus, had 
theirs completed at that time, but as Mr. Scott, the owner 
of the dam below theirs, did not complete his until June, theirs, 
of course, was useless until that time. Mr. Philip Hone, the 
owner of the next dam above Pranker's, was given his choice 
by Mr. Brackett of the State Commission to either build 
a fish way over his dam or hoist his gate and give the fish the 
natural channel of the river during the time they are usually 
running. He preferred to do the latter, and last year, as soon 
as the fishways below were completed, we requested him to 
hoist it, which he did very readily, and it is expected that he 
will hoist it again this spring as soon as it is time for the 
fish to be°rin running. The next dam above his is the one 
in Montrose. It is owned by Messrs. Pranker & Co. , of Sau- 
gus, who built a fish way there as soon as they were furnished 
with plans. The next and last dam on this river is at the 
saw mill on Vernon street ; it is owned by Mr. W. A. Ken- 
rick, who has arranged the waste gate so that there is no 
necessity for a fishway at this dam. 

During the past year that portion of the river which was 
so nearly filled as to prevent the passage of fish, has been 



54 

thoroughly cleaned out ; the town of Lynnfield paying one- 
half the expense of cleaning that portion of it which is on the 
line between the two towns, and this town the balance. 

Considering the fact that one year since it was impossible 
for migratory fish to ascend this river beyond Scott's dam in 
Saugus, and that to-day they have an unobstructed passage- 
way to Lake Quannapowitt, this town has reason to congrat- 
ulate itself on the progress it has made in this important 
branch of industry. JS T ow that our river has been reopened, 
it is capable of being so restocked with useful fishes that at 
their proper season all may have an opportunity to catch and 
consume. Once it was possible for every family in this 
town to take a supply of alewives from this river each year, 
but this is no longer the case ; but in a few years it can be so 
restocked that it will furnish to all not only an abundance of 
these fish, but probably of shad and salmon.* 

LAKE QUANNAPOWITT. 

As directed by vote of the town, we have taken, in its 
behalf, a lease of this laikefor the purpose of cultivating use- 
ful fishes, for the term of fifteen years from May 1st, 1877. 
The conditions in the lease are, that no fishing shall be allowed 
during the first four and last one year of said term, and that 
at least one hundred black bass of an average weight of at 
least one and one-half pounds each should be placed in the 
lake alive and in good condition during the first year of the 
lease ; this last condition has been complied with. Imme- 
diately after the lease was received, notices were posted in 
the vicinity of the lake, stating that it had been leased, and 
that any person fishing therein previous to May 1st, 1881, 
would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

Thus far we have had but one violation of this condition, 
which was promptly disposed of, and sincerely hope that it 
will not be again violated, as our fish and fisheries are the 
capital of the town, and we are all interested in th^ir preser- 
vation alike, and it is the duty of every good citizen to see 
that this condition of the lease is lived up to. 



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l 

ALE WIVES. 

In May last we placed about two hundred of these fish in 
the lake ; they were taken from Strawberry Brook in Lynn, 
at no expense to us except for transportation, (the Fish 
Commissioners of that city very kindly giving us permission 
to take them on the days when fishing was prohibited on that 
stream.) These fish during the summer spawned in the 
lake, and in September their young left it by the thousand 
for the salt water, Next year it will be necessary to place 
another lot of them in the lake, as the young females do not 
return to where they were bred until they are two or three 
years old, and it is exceedingly doubtful if any of the old 
ones which we placed there last year reach our water again 
this year. It seems to be the opinion of many that in open- 
ing a river for the passage of fish, that all that it is necessary 
to do, is to simply build fishways over its dams, and that 
when this is done the fish will run to its headwaters of their 
own accord ; this is not so, the instincts of migratory fishes 
teaches them to return to the place where they were bred. 
All of these fish in this river, previous to 1877, were bred 
below Franker & Co. 's dam, and there they returned ; now 
and then one might have, and probably did, find its way 
through the fishways in Saugus, but this was the exception 
rather than the rule, but no ale wives reached our lake except 
those that were carried there. 

SHAD. 

AVe expected before this to have our river stocked with 
these fish ; the State Commissioners promised to supply us 
with about fifty thousand of their young last July, but our 
name being unfortunately the last on the list, and the supply 
of adult fish falling short unexpectedly, they were obliged to 
suspend operations at the hatching station at South Hadley. 
Falls before reaching our order, but we have been promised 
a supply for this year, and trust that we shall not again be 
disappointed. 



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1 

CALIFORNIA SALMON. 

In December last we placed about ten thousand of these 
fish in the river, which, with the lot placed there in 1876, 
makes upward of twenty thousand of this valuable variety of 
fish which have been placed in this river during the last 
two years. Their introduction to a stream of this size is an 
experiment, and it is to be hoped that it will prove successful, 
but time alone will decide it. It is intended to keep on 
placing them there each year until it is decided, which will 
probably be in about four years. These fish stand the 
extremes of heat and cold far better than the Atlantic Salmon, 
and for that reason it is thought that their introduction to a 
stream of this size will be successful. 

BLACK BASS. 

• 

In July last we contracted for two hundred and fifty of 
these fish, with which to stock our lake ; on August 30th we 
received thirty-three of them (four of which afterward died) ; 
September 25th, one hundred and fifteen ; October 25th, one 
hundred and fifteen more, making in all two hundred and 
fifty-nine of them that were placed in Lake Quannapowitt 
alive and in good condition. They weighed from three-fourths 
of a pound to five pounds each, which is a very good stock 
for a lake of this size, and by the time it is open to fishing it 
cannot help being well stocked with these fish, which not 
only afford good sport for the angler, but good solid food for 
the table. 

LAND-LOCKED SALMON. 

In May last we placed upward of six thousand of the fry 
of these fish in the lake ; as they have not, to our knowledge, 
been seen since, it is impossible to tell anything about them. 
That in Maine, the home of these fish, they do well in lakes 
inhabited by pickerel is well known, but whether they will 
succeed in lakes inhabited by both pickerel and bass remains 
to be seen, but it is thought that they will. We have been 
promised still another lot of them for this spring, and it is to 
be hoped that their introduction to our lake will be success- 



57 

fill, as they are a very, gamey fish, and as good, if not better, 
eating than the Sea Salmon. 

During the month of May, it will, in our opinion, be de- 
sirable to stock the lake with fresh water Smelts ; these fish 
can be obtained in any desired quantity ; the only expense is 
for catching and transportation, which for the quantity we 
want will probably not exceed thirty dollars. 

It will also be necessary to place another lot of Alewives 
in the lake this spring, the expense of which will not exceed 
twenty-five dollars. 

The expense of transporting the Shad, which have been 
ordered, will be about thirty dollars. 

As we have a balance of about forty-five dollars on hand, 
an appropriation of fifty dollars will be sufficient for stocking 
the river and lake as here suggested, and for the necessary 
expenses of the Fish Committee during the ensuing year. 

It is to us a matter of gratification that our river and lake 
are so well stocked with valuable fishes that they cannot fail 
of yielding a large return in valuable food and in innocent 
recreation, but let us not stop here, but endeavor by the intro- 
duction of new varieties to so stock our waters that they will 
furnish us with food that will suit all tastes. The only ex- 
pense is the first outlay, which in this case is quite small ; 
their growth and increase after they are once introduced will 
cost us nothing ; nature supplies their food, and man is 
relieved from any further trouble about them. It is also 
gratifying to us that we have not only stocked the river and 
lake with a much larger number of fish than was at first 
intended, but have been able to keep within the appropria- 
tion made by the town. 

In conclusion we will say that it has been our effort to so 
protect and develop the interests consigned to our care, that 
they may become an increased source of wealth to the town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

OSCAR STOWELL, ) „. 7 

CHESTER P. POLAND, \ „ .„ 
THOMAS GOULD, S Committee - 



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RECAPITULATION 



Births registered in 1877, 


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49 




Females, 


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Nativity of Parents. Fathers. 


Mothers. 


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47 


British Provinces, 


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Ireland, . . . . 


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30 


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1 


Prussia, ..... 


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1 


E. Indies, 


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1 


Marriages registered in 1877. 






Widowers, 4 Widows, 


6 




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Brides 


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6 


Other towns in United States, 


. 36 


35 


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2 


Ireland, ..... 


5 


4 


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1 


2 


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Brides 


Number under 20 years of age, . 


. 2 


14 


Between 20 and 30, 


. 36 


29 


Between 30 and 40, 


10 


7 


Between 40 and 50, 


2 






103 



71 



Oldest Groom, . 45 Oldest Bride 


38 




Youngest " . 19 Youngest " 


17 




Deaths registered in 1877, 




96 


Males, 50 Females, 46 






Average age, 32 years 5 months 10 days. 






Number under 5 years of age, 






29 


Between 5 and 10, 








7 


Between 10 and 20, . 








12 


Between 20 and 30, . 








10 


Between 30 and 40, . 








2 


Between 40 and 50, . 








2 


Between 50 and 60, . 








6 


Between 60 and 70, . 








6 


Between 70 and 80, . 








15 


Between 80 and 90, . 








4 


Between 90 and 100, 








1 


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2 



Nativity of Persons deceased, . 

Born in Wakefield, .... 49 

Other towns in the United States, 35 

British Provinces, ... 5 

Ireland, ..... 7 



96 



96 



Number of Dogs licensed in 1877, . . . 183 

Males, 172 Females, 11 

Cash paid County Treasurer, . $362 40 



CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE, Town Cleric, 



REPORT 



OF 



APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. 



Wakefield, March 11, 1878. 

The Committee chosen by the Town, at a meeting held 
March 4th, 1878, to recommend certain sums to be raised 
and appropriated at the next annual meetiug to be holden 
Monday, April 1, 1878, would respectfully recommend the 
following appropriations, viz : — 

For payment of Town Debt and interest 
" support of Schools, . . . 
" School Contingent Fund, 
" Poor Department, 
" Highways and Bridges, . 
" Fire Department, . 
" Salaries of town officers, 
" Expense of Street Lamps, 
" Town House Expenses, 
" Miscellaneous Expenses, 
" Beebe Town Library, for Regular E 
ses, the funds now in hands of 





$12,000 00 




11,000 00 




1,000 00 




4,500 00 




3,000 00 




2,000 00 




2,500 00 




1,000 00 




1,000 00 




1,500 00 


ixpen- 




Town 




$100 
300 


I 400 00 


. 


$39,900 00 



Treas. from dog tax, and 
Publishing Catalogue, 

Total, 



We have recommended in the above list a separate ap- 
propriation for " Town House Expenses," thereby reducing 
the appropriations for " Miscellaneous Expenses" and " Sal- 
aries of Town Officers," to which these expenses have here- 
tofore been charged. This appropriation is intended to cover 



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the expense of Heating, Lighting, Janitor's services and all 
usual expenses connected with the Town House Building. 

We would recommend that the compensation of Engine- 
men for the year commencing May 1, 1878, be fixed at fifteen 
dollars and a sum equal to their poll tax. 

We would also recommend that the compensation of Town 
Officers for the ensuing year's services be fixed at the follow- 



mg sums, viz : 






For Treasurer, .... 


. 


$50 00 


" Town Clerk, .... 


. 


100 00 


" Board of Selectmen, . 


. 


400 00 


" . " Assessors, . 


» 


350 00 


" " Overseers of the Poor, 


. 


150 00 


•' School Committee, 


. 


200 00 


" Fire Engineers, 


. 


75 00 


" Auditors, . . 


. 


100 00 


' * Tax Collector, for collecting Tax Warrant 




of 1878, .... 


. 


400 00 


" Police Services and Constables, . 


. 


400 00 



Eespectfully submitted, 

WM. S. GEEENOUGH, 

WM. F. YOUNG, 

T. E. BALCH, 

S. O. EICHAEDSON, 

EVEEETT HAET, 

T. J. SKINNEE, 

E. A. UPTON, 

C. F. EICHAEDSON, 

G. H. SWEETSEE, 

JOSEPH CONNELL, h 

THOMAS WINSHIP, 

LEVI B. EATON, 

B. W. OLIVEE, 

O. V. WATEEMAN, 

J. F. EMEESON, 

App rop via t io n Com m ittee , 
A true copy, T. J. Skinner, Sec'y. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 



The law imposes upon School Committees in this Com- 
monwealth the duty of making detailed reports of the condi- 
tion of the several public schools under their supervi- 
sion annually, and your Committee, in the discharge of that 
duty, feel that they have reason to congratulate the inhab- 
itants of the town upon the generally healthy condition 
of the schools in their municipality. While during 
the past year the schools have not escaped the friction inci- 
dent to such a system as ours, yet upon the whole they have 
prospered in an excellent degree, and the results have been 
gratifying and widely beneficial, fully attesting the wisdom 
and foresight of their founders and the liberality of their 
supporters. 

The teachers have been zealous and laborious, appreciating 
their high commission ; they have wrought for the future, and 
verily their works shall follow them. 

In consequence of an anticipated reduction in the amount 
of money to be raised for the support of schools prior to the 
last annual meeting, the committee then in office arranged a 
reduction in the salaries of teachers which it was found 
necessary to make at the fulfillment of that anticipation at 
the annual meeting. In examining the salaries paid to our 
teachers heretofore, the position held by them, the amount of 
work required, and the value of the services rendered, it 
was thought that they were in some instances disproportion- 
ate, and that a pro-rata or per cent, deduction would not 
adjust the differences and would be unfair in some respects ; 
so your Committee endeavored to take fairly into considera- 
tion all the elements which, in their judgment, should be 
considered in determining the salary to be paid each teacher, 
and fixed the same accordingly. In some instances this 



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seemed to work a very large reduction, and created a little 
friction, but on the whole was found very satisfactory, and 
the teachers yielded to the necessities of the times with com- 
mendable alacrity. But for some changes which subse- 
quently became necessary, and for expenditures for assistants, 
which were inevitable and entirely unforeseen, this reduction 
would have amounted to about ten per cent, of the gross sum 
paid for salaries. The abolition of the Training School, the 
consequent employment of another teacher, the necessity of 
an assistant in the Second Grammar and Second Primary for 
a portion of the year, and a slight increase in the salary paid 
to the teacher of one school, has reduced the amount hoped 
to be saved quite materially. The amount paid Training 
School scholars would nearly if not quite offset the expense 
of the extra teacher, and the other items referred to will 
show the reason for the slight expenditures over the estimate 
made by us, and the amount raised and appropriated by the 
town. It is to be sincerely hoped that no further reduction 
of salaries will be attempted, and if not the present year, 
very soon the town will be able to increase the compensation 
of her most valuable and valued servants. 

Capacity and labor will command adequate compensation, 
and this is as true in the profession of teaching as in any 
other calling, and our town has many times bitterly lamented 
the loss of some of her best teachers, who have been tempted 
from her by the larger pecuniary reward offered them else- 
where. A good teacher is above all price, and the commit- 
tee should be invested w T ith plenary powers to retain such in 
our service, and be warmly supported by public sentiment 
and the tax-paying population of the town. People who 
have taken their position in the world are of comparatively 
little consequence, w r hile the children on whom the world 
depends are of infinite importance, and the wealth and the 
energy of the present should be poured out with an unstint- 
ing hand for the education and elevation of the future. 

CONDUCT. 

Generally, the conduct of the scholars has been such as we 



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can commend. In some individual instances, however, an 
insubordinate spirit has been exhibited ; and during a portion 
of the year one or two of the schools has been infected with 
disorderly elements, so that a frequent resort to corporal 
punishment has been necessary. 

It is to be deplored that all scholars will not readily yield 
to the discipline of the schools, and that they are not so 
educated, by home influence, that they will conduct them- 
selves in and about the school-room in a becoming and 
orderly manner. But such are the facts, and the teachers 
and your Committee have to deal with scholars as they find 
them, and a teacher having from forty to sixty scholars, of 
various dispositions and temperaments, under her charge, 
cannot take the time to humor the whim or the peculiarity of 
each one, as a parent does, even if it were desirable ; . and in 
order for her to do the work required of her, and for her 
school to make the progress expected, the first law of 
Heaven must be preserved. If, in any individual instance, 
or in any school, this cannot be obtained by an appeal to the 
better elements of the scholar's character, it must be done by 
other means, and in such a manner that the scholar will not 
seek a repetition. 

We do not mean to be understood as advocates of corporal 
punishment only, when other reasonable and proper efforts 
have failed to* secure the desired end, and never to an 
unwarranted or cruel extent, but we do mean to be under- 
stood that we are unhesitatingly in favor of good order in all 
our schools, and that it is the duty of every teacher to main- 
tain it, the duty of every scholar to render ready and willing 
acquiescence to the requirements of school discipline, the 
duty of every citizen of the town, parent or not, to aid the 
teacher in. every right method to accomplish that end. 

Prince George, of Denmark, said, in his speech accepting 
the crown of Greece: "The love of my people is my 
strength." 4 AVe shall hail the day as most happy and propi- 
tious, when every teacher in town can truthfully say, the love 
of my scholars is my strength ; but we cannot omit the 
observation that love for a teacher is engendered in the heart 



of the average scholar as frequently by a primary demand 
for respect and obedience as by the more sentimental meth- 
ods sometimes invoked. 

ATTENDANCE. 

• 

The attendance in school the past year has not been quite 
as good as in some former years. This has arisen from 
no unusual lack of interest, but from the exigences of the 
times. Many parents, in limited circumstances, have been 
compelled to place their children at work to earn their own 
livelihood, and perhaps aid in the support of others who 
have been deprived of their usual means by lack of employ- 
ment. Some have found permanent engagements elsewhere, 
others are attending some of the schools in Boston, where a 
technical education can be obtained in a shorter period than 
in our own schools, while a few are attending institutions 
abroad where a wider range of study is pursued. 

From careful inquiries, and from observation, the fact is 
developed that in some sections of the town there is a grow- 
ing habit among the parents to allow their children to be 
dismissed or to remain away from school for a session or a 
whole day for very trivial causes. This is to be deprecated 
in strong terms, as not only an injury to the scholar who 
remains away, but a wrong against the teacher and the other 
scholars, for the absentee is not fitted for his place in his 
class, and cannot be except by the extra labor of the teacher 
» at the expense of those who are constant in their attendance. 
No one has the moral right to impose extra labor upon 
already overworked servants, nor to deprive others of their 
opportunity for instruction. It is to be hoped that this fault, 
so slight in an individual instance, but so important in the 
aggregate, will be speedily and completely corrected. 

SCHOLARSHIP. 

The results obtained in scholarship in most of the schools 
have been comparatively satisfactory, while in a few the 
work of painstaking teachers lias failed to show equal attain- 
ments. This was made manifest more particularly at the 



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annual examination for promotions, at the close of the 
summer term, when the same examination was given to all 
scholars of like grade. Different causes, in different 
instances, have contributed to produce the same result. 
Some teachers have not the same skill to interest, instruct 
and draw out pupils as others ; some scholars have not the 
same native capacity to be interested and instructed as 
others ; while mauy have not derived from their home asso- 
ciations that emulatory incentive so essential to high scholar- 
ship in school-life, and a few from sheer laziness and indiffer- 
ence have failed to attain even mediocrity. It is to be borne 
in mind that our schools are for the education of the masses, 
and courses of study are to be arranged, and methods of 
teaching to be adopted, adapted to the necessities and capac- 
ities of those to be taught. A few scholars in town are, by 
nature, capable of accomplishing in the time allotted to them 
for school, more than is required of them ; but a far larger 
number require the utmost tact of the teacher, that they may 
complete with reasonable thoroughness the work prescribed ; 
so that in estimating the educational value of our schools, 
the brilliancy of the few must be partially disregarded, and 
your Committee at all times have strenuously endeavored to 
consider the schools as a system, and in making changes of 
any character sought to promote the general good. 

From the bright and active scholar the teacher has little 
difficulty in securing satisfactory lessons, but how to bring 
dull and indifferent pupils to a fair standard of scholarship, 
is frequently the most perplexing problem a teacher has to 
solve. Ingenious and almost numberless are the methods 
devised and put in operation, but in many instances with 
only partial success. Detention after school, to make up for 
failures, has been held by many to be the cure all. It has 
been largely practiced by our teachers, and with measurable 
success ; but it is not without its disadvantages, and has met 
with the disapproval of some parents. It requires scholars 
to accomplish, when comparatively weary, what they have 
failed to do while fresh and inspired by the work and exam- 
ple of those around them. It occupies the time of the teach- 



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er, which should be devoted to general culture and study for 
the benefit of the whole, and not infrequently imposes a 
burden almost "too grievous to be borne." On the other 
hand, a course of study for the average scholar is prescribed, 
which every parent expects his child to complete, and the 
discipline and education of the child demands that it should 
be completed. One teacher, after months of discouraging 
labor with a dull class, beseechingly inquired: "Can you 
give me a recipe for brains ?" 

At a recent teachers' meeting this subject was earnestly 
discussed. One teacher felicitously quoted the words of 
Mr. Harris : "Prepare the lesson so that the pupil can carry 
it by storm, and never allow him to make a dissipated, scat- 
tered attack upon it." These are golden words, and should 
be emblazoned upon the armorial colors of every teacher. 
It must not be forgotten, how r ever, that the science of 
teaching is still in its infancy, and that a large percentage of 
teachers have not themselves received the discipline and drill 
which will enable them to prepare a lesson according to Mr. 
Harris' ideal. Capacity of this kind very soon finds its 
remuneration in some more opulent field. 

PROMOTIONS. 

Promotions have been based upon the same principle which 
has been in vogue for some years, that is, upon the written 
examinations of the scholars. Great diligence has been 
exercised that these examinations should be conducted with 
the utmost fairness, your Committee being determined that 
no one scholar should have a more faverable opportunity than 
all the others to secure a promotion, and as frequent inqui- 
ries have been made of us, it may be worth the space to 
explain how promotions have been made the present year. 

Some weeks prior to the annual examination, each teacher 
was required to prepare a series of ten questions in each 
study in which pupils were to be examined for entrance to 
that school. These questions were placed in the hands of the 
Committee, and by them referred to a sub-committee, to 
ascertain if they were fair and proper, and to change if found 



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necessary. After being fully completed, the chairman of the 
Committee designated certain schools in which each member 
of the Committee should be present, and in whose presence 
the examination should be conducted. On the morning of 
the examination day each member of the Committee repaired 
to the school designated to him and delivered the examina- 
tion to the teacher of that school. Prior to this time, each 
scholar had received a number to place upon his examination 
papers, and by which he should be known; The teacher, in 
the presence of the Committee, wrote the questions upon the 
black-board, and each scholar answered each question in 
writing, without consultation with any one, or examination of 
books. When the work was completed, the papers were 
gathered up, delivered to the Committee, who in turn deliv- 
ered them to the teacher, who prepared the examination, to 
be marked upon a uniform scale. The results were tabulated, 
and with the examinations and work of the scholars, returned to 
the Committee, some one of whom made such examination of 
teachers' and scholars' work as was necessary to render certain 
that the marking had been done fairly, and those whose papers 
showed a percent, of seventy, or upwards, were promoted. 
No scholar was allowed to place his name upon his papers, 
so that neither the teacher who marked, nor the Committee 
could know to whom any paper belonged, thus assuring a 
promotion based upon the merits of the examinations. 

It is sometimes said that really good scholars fail in an 
examination from nervousness or other causes. This may be 
true in occasional instances, and your Committee, having that 
fact in mind, and for the purpose of obtaining more accurate 
statistical information, have adopted, and put in use in the 
schools, except the High and Primary, a system of records, 
in which each recitation is marked upon a uniform scale, and 
in which the monthly average in scholarship and the rank of 
each scholar is given, so that any parent, or the Committee, 
can see at any time what progress any child is making, and 
can ascertain his exact standing at the end of the year. 
With an examination conducted in the manner explained, 
and in doubtful or disputed instances with this record for 



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reference, it would seem well nigh impossible that any injus- 
tice should be done. 

COURSE OF STUDY. 

From year to year the condition of the schools changes, 
and it is quite difficult to prescribe a course of study which 
shall prove acceptable for a long time. Frequeut changes 
are demanded by the varying capacities of the schools, by 
modernized and improved text books, and by progressive 
modes of thought. Your Committee, knowing that the 
course prescribed some years since could not now be carried 
out to advantage, have, except as to the High School, revised 
it so that, in their judgment, it is more elastic, and is better 
adapted to our present wants. 

The course of study in the High School has been the 
subject of much discussion, but the multiplicity of other 
duties have prevented your Committee from giving it that 
practical and thorough consideration which its paramount 
importance challenges. We append to this report the Course 
of Study referred to above. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

The High School has continued the present year under the 
skillful management of Mr. Hill and Miss Greenwood, with 
the exception of the winter term, when Miss Greenwood was 
granted a vacation to recuperate her health, which had become 
somewhat impaired. Miss Martha Keith, of Bridge water, 
substituted during Miss Greenwood's absence in an eminent- 
ly satisfactory manner. The course of the school, during 
the year, has been progressive, evidencing a large amount of 
solid, persistent work, the results of which are simply im- 
measurable. This school is undervalued by many, but we 
feel that it is from the want of a correct knowledge of its 
purpose, and of the development which it accomplishes. 

It is often and truly said that the United States owes the 
grand idea of free common school education to the wise fore- 
sight of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

This idea was developed into legislation in 1642, in the 



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enactment of a law enjoining "upon municipal authorities 
the duty of seeing that every child within their respective 
jurisdictions should be educated," and that act was supple- 
mented by another five years later, requiring every township 
containing fifty house-holders to appoint a teacher "to teach 
all such children as shall resort to them to write and read," 
and every township containing one hundred house holders, 
"to set up a Grammar School," whose master should be able 
to instruct so far as they may be fitted for "the University," 
meaning Harvard College. This was the foundation of our 
High Schools, and contained a succint expression of their 
original design. An experience of two and a third centuries 
confirms the judgment of their founders. 

Secretary White, in speaking of the High Schools in this 
Commonwealth, says : The fact that they furnish to the 
young of the poorest classes the opportunity of fitting them- 
selves for higher courses of classical and professional educa- 
tion, as well as for a successful prosecution of any honorable 
pursuit on which they may choose to enter, and thus power- 
fully aid in removing all distinction between the children of 
the rich and the poor, and in often developing talents of the 
highest order, which otherwise would not have been cultiva- 
ted, and so give practical power to our free institutions as 
well as a beautiful exemplification of them, must of itself 
commend these schools to the highest place in the public 
estimation. When, moreover, it is remembered that a 
High School, generously and wisely supported, not only offers 
an education of a high order to all the youth, but also, as 
universal experience testifies, elevates the standard of gener- 
al intelligence and of public and private morality in the town, 
and acts as a powerful stimulus upon the children in the 
schools of a lower grade, thus raising these schools to a 
higher plane of excellence, it is difficult to find fitting lan- 
guage to give full expression to our sense of their value, and 
of the wisdom of the law which requires towns to "set up" 
and maintain them. 

The attendance in our own school is not so larsfe as we 
desire, but it compares favorably, we think, with other 



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towns haying a population like ours, and the statistics show 
that it averages well Avith the towns and cities of this County. 
The support of a High School w T ill come largely from the 
population in average pecuniary circumstances, and especial 
lv if that population is largely engaged in Agriculture or in 1 
any of the Mechanic Arts as distinguished from day laborers^ 
It is a well-known (act that our town contains a smaller per- 
centage of these classes of inhabitants than some of the towns 
about us. 

Again, the requirements for admission to our High School 
are greater than to those in some towns which boast of larger 
numbers, our Advanced Grammar School giving the oppor- 
tunity for farther and better preparation than in those places 
which have no school of that grade. The true mission of the 
school is to afford every scholar in town the opportunity to 
obtain an education equal to a fit for Harvard College, and 
no system of free public instruction will be perfect until it 
is capable of taking the youngest scholars of the humblest 
parentage, and placing his feet upon the threshold of the 
University. 

The graduating exercises of the class of 1877 took place in 
the Town Hall, on the evening of the twenty-ninth day of 
June, in the presence of a crowded and appreciative audience. 
The principal exercises were Essays by members of the 
Graduating Class, Music, and a National Allegory, entitled, 
4 'The Visions of Freedom," in which a large portion of the 
school participated. The parts were all excellent, and the 
essays highly meritorious, voicing well the motto of 
the class, ''Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum." We indulge the 
hope that as "the years glide by" these may all find that 
"over the Alps lies Italy," and that w r hen He whose right it 
is to reign shall come to make up his "Jewels," they may 
hear the welcome, "Well-done, goo.d and faithful servants." 

The names of those composing the Graduating Class are as 
follows : 

Alice Beebe, Charles O'Conner, 

Emma E. Currier, John B. Moran, 

Annie H. Thayer, William C. Strong. 



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THE ADVANCED AND FIRST GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. 

The Advanced and First Grammar Schools have continued 
as for some years past under the instruction of Mrs. Went- 
worth and Miss Perkins, which alone is sufficient guaranty 
of their character. These schools furnish to many children 
the highest education which they have the opportunity to 
obtain, and they, as well as those who have gone up higher, 
can attest the value of the instruction here imparted. 

THE SECOND GRAMMAR SCHOOL. 

When the last Annual Report was submitted, this school 
was under the charge of Miss Sarah L. Thomas, who at the 
close of the spring term resigned to take charge of a more 
congenial household. Miss Emma S. Small was appointed 
to fill the vacancy at the commencement of the summer term 
and resigned at its close. Miss Small came to us with testi- 
monials of the most flattering character, from well-known 
educators, as an experienced and successful teacher, and her 
examination gave evidence of scholarly attainments. There 
was a predisposition on the part of the school to be disorder- 
ly, and many of the scholars were determined that no teacher 
should succeed, consequently Miss Small found herself con- 
fronted with difficulties which she failed to overcome. She 
labored willingly and faithfully, and under different circum- 
stances would have proved an acceptable teacher. 

Miss Mary E. Dana was appointed to the position of 
Principal of this school at the beginning of the fall term, and 
Miss Susan E. Barker, Assistant, the necessity for an assis- 
tant arising from the failure of so many to be promoted at 
the close of the summer term. Miss Dana took charge when 
the school was in a demoralized state, made more so by the 
introduction of a large class from the lower school. By dint 
of the most determined and painstaking labor, she improved 
the condition of the school in a great degree, as much cer- 
tainly as could reasonably be expected of an y teacher in the 
time, and your Committee parted with her services at the end 
of one term with regret. Her resignation was caused by 
protracted sickness in her family. 



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It was with difficulty that this vacancy was filled, your 
Committee not readily finding any lady whom they thought 
entirely equal to the position, who would accept it. Finally 
an arrangement was effected with Mr. F. S. Cutter, of Cam- 
bridge, to take charge of the school for a time, and he has 
since been engaged for the remainder of the school year, and 
if the condition of the school requires it, and the appropria- 
tion by the town will allow it, for a longer period. His 
administration has been thus far admirable, and the school is 
now rapidly taking its legitimate place among the best in 
town. Much credit is due to Miss Barker for her faithful 
assistance. 

TRAINING SCHOOL. 

In the report of last year your Committee remarked : 
"There is, of course, a limit beyond which it would not be 
advisable to appoint teachers who had received no other 
training than that furnished in a town like ours." This 
remark was made in discussing the merits of the Training 
School. In the light of further experience, and a more care- 
ful examination the present year, your Committee have 
thought it unwise to continue that school longer with the 
idea of supplying our own town with teachers, for the inevi- 
table consequence will be that our schools will be run in one 
mould, with teachers who have been trained by one person, 
who have embibed one person's ideas, and copied one person's 
methods and manners, and to deprive us of the services of 
teachers who possess the more varied culture derived from 
different training and a more extended association with 
educated people. 

At the close of the summer term, the Training School, as 
such, was abolished, and the schools comprising it are now 
known as the First and Second Intermediate, the former of 
which still remains under the care of Miss Hutchinson, and 
the latter of Miss Taft, who, by her quiet dignity and enthu- 
siastic love for her work, has made for herself an enviable 
place among our corps of teachers. 



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THIRD INTERMEDIATE. 

During the spring term, Miss Sweetser, of the Third 
Intermediate, found her health somewhat impaired, and 
before the close of the term resigned. Her appointment as 
teacher in this town dates back to March, 1856, and hundreds 
of pupils will tenderly and lovingly cherish her memory. 
Miss Alice A. Alexander, a graduate of both the High and 
Training Schools, was appointed in her stead and still retains 
the position. She is active and energetic, and means that all 
the pupils under her charge shall make progress. 

WEST WARD INTERMEDIATE. 

At the close of the summer term, Miss Hamblin resigned 
her position in this school to accept a more lucrative one in 
Medford, where from the report of the school officers of that 
town she sustains the reputation gained here. 

Miss Xellie A. Miller, a graduate from our High School in 
1876 and from the Training School in 1877, was appointed 
to fill the vacancy, a position filled with difficulty by any 
one. Miss Miller is meeting with good success, and prom- 
ises to become a highly successful teacher. 

GREENWOOD. 

At the close of the winter term, Miss Hartshorne, teacher 
in the Greenwood School, from a combination of unfortunate 
circumstances in no degree her fault, and from premonitory 
symptoms of disease, thought it wiser to resign her charge 
than to continue it longer. She has been the teacher of that 
school for some years, and has done excellent work in it. 
Miss Mary J. George has been appointed in her place, and 
assumed her duties at the commencement of the present 
term. 

OTHER SCHOOLS. 

We omit to speak individually of the other schools in 
town, not because they do not merit special mention, but for 
the reason there has been no change in them during the year, 
and because they are continuing the ''even tenor of their 
way," doing well their part. 



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SINGING. 

In the report of last year the subject of singing in our 
schools was discussed at some length, the views of the Com- 
mittee stated, and the cost computed. By the experience of 
the last year we are confirmed in the opinions then expressed. 
During this time, Mr. George F. Wilson has had the direc- 
tion of the music in all the schools except the High, and in 
that for the winter term. He is an enthusiastic lover of his 
profession as well as an ardent worker in it. The pleasing 
and profitable results of his teaching are apparent to any 
one who has been well advised of the condition of our schools 
for the past two years. To withhold an appropriation suffi- 
cient to cover his salary for the ensuing year would, in our 
judgment, be highly detrimental. 

SUPERVISION. 

In the attempt to discharge the duties imposed upon us, 
we have held, during the year past, thirty-one meetings and 
made three hundred and thirty-one visits to the schools, to say 
nothing of very many consultations with teachers, parents, 
scholars, and w r ith each other individually. We are conscious 
that many improvements in the supervision of the schools can 
be made, and when the town is ready to adopt better methods, 
those who compose the present Committee will gladly and 
heartily co-operate. 

PERSONAL. 

Last year the town lost the services of a valuable member 
of the Board in the death of Mr. H. D. Smith, and this year 
it is called to mourn the sudden demise of Rev. Dr. Keyser, 
who in the comparatively short time he was a member of 
your Committee had, by his unwavering interest, his courteous 
bearing and staunch adherence to his convictions, won the 
respect of all. 

"One by one, with hands full laden, 

The}* entered the golden gate of the w f, 
Laid their sheaves at the feet of the Master, 
Took their places among the blest. 11 



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In joint convention the Selectmen and School Committee 
elected Rev. Quincy Whitney to the vacant place upon the 
Board. 

We recommend an appropriation by the town to cover the 
present deficiency and for the support of schools for the year 
ensuing, the sum of twelve thousand dollars, and for inciden- 
tal expenses, the sum of one thousand dollars. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. 

GEORGE W. ABORN. 

THEO. E. BALCH. 

E. P. COLBY. 

QUINCY WHITNEY. 

SAM'L K. HAMILTON, Secretary. 



NAMES OF TEACHERS, SALARY, AND DATE OF ELECTION. 



Names of Schools. 


Teachers. 


When Elected. 


Salaries. 


High 


MelVin J. Hill, 


Mar., 1869, 


$1500 


jr. yr. 


44 


Eliza M. Greenwood, 


Jan., 1876, 


520 


44 


4 4 


Martha Keith, . 


1878, 


520 


44 


Advanced Granvr, 


M. E. Wentworth, 


Mar., 1871, 


650 


44 


Ctr. Gram. No. 1, 


Abbie S. Perkins, 


Sept., 1873, 


520 


4 4 


44 44 44 2, 


Sara L. Thomas, . . 


" 1872, 


440 


4 4 


.4 44 44 2. 


Emma S. Small, 


April, 1877, 


440 


4 4 


44 44 .4 2, 


Mary E. Dana, . 


Sept., 1877, 


440 


44 


44 44 44 9 


F. E. Cutter, 


Jan., 1878, 


500 


44 


4 4 4 4 4 4 9 


Susan E. Barker, asst. 


Sept., 1877, 


200' 


4< 


44 44 ? 


M. Annie Warren, 


Dec, 1871, 


440 


44 


Ctr. Interme'ate,!, 


Elenora Hutchinson, . 


Jan. 1858, 


520 


44 


44 44 9 


Hannah H. Taft, 


Sept., 1877, 


400 


44 


3, 


Alice A. Alexander, . 


April, 1877, 


400 


44 


Centre Primary, 1, 


Myra A. Stearns, 


Sept., 1875, 


360 


4 4 


2, 


Mary I. Hersey, 


Dec, 1876, 


400 


44 


(4 44 9 


C. E. Bancroft, asst. . 


Sept., 1877, 


200 


44 


West Internie'ate, 


Sophie F. Hamblin, . 


Nov., 1868, 


425 


4 4 

• 


44 44 


Nellie A. Miller, 


Sept. 1877, 


3G0 


44 


" Primary, 


L. J. Mansfield, . . 


1871, 


360 


44 


Franklin St. Int., 


Susie D. Turnbull, 


June, 1876, 


400 


44 


" Primary, 


Emma L. Upham, 


Sept., 1874, 


360 


4 4 


North Ward, . 


Francella M. Evans, . 


April, 1862, 


425 


44 


East Ward, 


Annie R. Killorin, 


Sept., 1873, 


425 


4 4 


Woodville, 


A. M. Wiley, . . . 


Nov., 1875, 


360 


44 


Greenwood, 


Frannie L. Hartshorne, 


Sept., 1874, 


400 


44 


4 4 


Mary J. George, 


Mar., 1878, 


400 


44 




Geo. F. Wilson, (Music) 


Sept., 1876, 


500 


4 4 


Number of scholai 


"S between and 15 years 


of age, May 


, 1876, 


1018. • 



90 



TABLE OF ATTENDANCE. 



SCHOOLS. 


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High School 


55 


54.5 


99.2 


50 


Advanced Grammar, . . . . . 


44 


42 


94.8 


19 


Centre Grammar, No. 1, .... 


36 


34 


94 


6 


No. 2, .... 


62 


54 


87 


2 


No. 3, 


41 


37 


92 




" Intermediate, No. 1, -. . 


48 


42 


87 




No. 2, 


42 


34 


81 




" " No. 3, 


40 


35 


87.5 




" Primary, No. 1, . . . . 


50 


42 


84 




No. 2, 


59 


51 


85 




West Intermediate, . . -..- . 


41 


32 


80 


3 


" Primary, ....... 


43 


6\ 


73 




Franklin Street Intermediate, 


51.5 


45.5 


88 




" " Primary, 


66 


52 


79 




North Ward, 


48 


39 


81 




Eastward, . . . . . 


61 


49 


80 


2 


Woodville, . . . . 


34 


29.7 


87 


1 


Greenwood, . . . . . . . 


45 


34 


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737.7 




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91 
COURSE OF STUDY. 



SECOND PRIMARY. 

Alphabet and Beading.— Some good set of charts, or black-board les- 
sons, Franklin Primer, spell the lessons given in spelling, train the 
children both by sounds of letters and by entire word, show orally the 
distinction between long and short vowels, use slate exercises in mak- 
ing the letters and combining them in words. 

Numbers.— Learn the children to count as high as one hundred, accus- 
tom the pupils to read and afterwards to write the Arabic numerals, 
add and subtract numbers as high as nine. 

Writing and Drawing.— Allow the children (as a pastime) to copy 
from the black-board short combinations of straight lines, teach them 
to copy on the slate Roman and Script letters. 

Oral Lessons. — Spend a few minutes each day in talks about familiar 
objects, and question upon the subject of conversation of the previous 
day, use objects to illustrate when practicable. 

FIRST PRIMARY. 

Reading and Spelling.— Franklin Second Reader, drill upon the exer- 
cises in enunciation, make free use of the black-board in all exercises 
admitting it, spell the usual lesson and a large number of familiar 
objects. 

Numbers. — Practice reading and writing small numbers, instruct in 
Arabic numerals to one thousand, Roman to one hundred; give simple 
exercises in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of num- 
bers to a result of twenty, some exercises from Walton's Charts. 

Writing and Drawing. — Give sentences of four or five words to write 
on the slate ; show how to make the simplest forms of written capitals, 
give easy exercises from cards, or from the black-board, showing the 
circle, elipse, six or eight sided polygon, how they may be divided into 
parts by straight lines, etc., let the older scholars draw from the black- 
board simple plans of houses, locating the prominent features. 

Oral Lessons. — Conversations upon articles eaten and worn ; upon 
colors, illustrated by colored papers and fabrics; upon various natural 
objects, their uses, etc. Teach how to tell time by the clock. 

THIRD INTERMEDIATE. 

Beading and Spelling.— Franklin Third Reader, with punctuation and 
marks used in printing; spell the word columns. Worcester's Primary 
Speller. 

Numbers.— Walten's Charts, Walton's Primary Arithmetic (entire 
book), and constant practice on the multiplication table, reading and 



92 

writing numbers as high as one million, some familiarity in adding and 
subtracting numbers on the black-board. 

Writing and Drawing. — Copy from the black-board each week a cor- 
rectly written and puuctuated stanza or paragraph and correct improp- 
erly written sentences. Primary Writing Book No. 1. Drawing of 
easy curves, such as rings, wheels, urns, and leaves with simple out- 
lines. 

Oral Lessons. — Points of compass, lessons on color, size, measures of 
length and capacity, divisions of time, as years, months, days, hours, 
etc., some account of various imported articles, as tea, coffee, cork, 
india rubber and similar things. 

SECOND INTERMEDIATE. 

Reading and Spelling. — Franklin Third Reader from page 106, 
Franklin Fourth Reader to page 125, Worcester's Pronouncing Speller 
to page 67. 

Numbers. — Walton's Arithmetical Charts, thorough drill in the mul- 
tiplication table, review Walton's Primary Arithmetic ; written addi- 
dition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

Writing and Drawing. — Second Primary Writing Book, and Writing 
Book No. 1. Dictate short sentences to be written. General instruc- 
tion in drawing the outlines of continents, lakes, seas and islands ; 
copying from drawings on the black-board, continue practice in combi- 
nations of straight and curved lines. 

Oral Lessons. — Teach from the globe and maps the general piincijDles 
of geography, but do not introduce much descriptive matter. Conver- 
sations upon short articles to be read from periodicals or newspapers. 

FIRST INTERMEDIATE. 

Reading and Spelling. — Franklin Fourth Reader from page 90, Wor- 
cester's Pronouncing Speller from page 25 to page 100. 

^umbers. — Walton's Intellectual Arithmetic to page 56, Written 
Arithmetic to page 42, Reading and writing Federal and Sterling 
money. 

Writing and Drawing. — Writing Book No. 2, writing of short 
abstracts from reading lessons, and writing short letters from die- 
tation. 

Geography.— Warren's Primary Geography (entire book). 

THIRD GRAMMAR. 

Reading and Spelling. — Franklin Intermediate Reader, spelling and 
defining from reading lessons, Worcester's Pronouncing Speller from 
page 58 to page 137. 

Numbers. — Walton's Intellectual Arithmetic from page 20 to page 63, 
Walton's Written Arithmetic from page 41 to page 89. 

Writing and Drawing. — Writing Book No. 3, Drawing Book No. 1. 

Oral Lessons. — Adapted to age and proficiency of the pupils. 



93 

Geography. — Warren's Common School Geography from page 22 to 
page 49. 
Language. — Swinton's Language Primmer (entire book). 

SECOND GRAMMAR. 

Beading and Spelling. — Franklin Fifth Reader, Worcester's Pronounc- 
ing Speller from page 38, written exercises in spelling and defining 
from Reader. 

Numbers. — Walton's Intellectual Arithmetic from page 64 to page 
120, Walton's Written Arithmetic from page 84 to page 171. 

Writing and Drawing. — Writing Book No. 4, Drawing Book No. 2. 

Oral Lessons. — Adapted to the age and proficiency of the scholars. 

Language. — Swinton's Language Lessons, (entire book). 

Geography. — Warren's Common School Geography from page 49 to 
page 80, some attention to Map Drawing. 

FIRST GRAMMAR. 

Beading and Spelling. — Franklin Sixth Reader omitting introduction, 
(Declamation,) Worcester's Pronouncing Speller, spelling and defining 
from Reader, Geography, and various other works. 

Numbers. — Walton's Intellectual Arithmetic from page 80, omitting 
the easier portion of each section ; Walton's Written Arithmetic from 
page 171 to page 265. 

Writing and Drawing. — Writing Books Nos. 5 and 6, Compositions, 
Drawing Book No. 3. 

Oral Lessons. — Conversations introducing the elements of botany, 
zoology, philosophy, geology, climate, commerce, etc. 

Language. —Swinton's English Grammar to page 134. 

History. — Seavey's, Goodrich's History to page 157. 

Geography. — Warren's Common School Geography to page 22, and 
from page 80 to page 96, review United States, map drawing. 

ADVANCED GRAMMAR. 

Beading and Spelling. — Franklin Sixth Reader, Declamation or Com- 
positions, Worcester's Pronouncing Speller, and exercises from various 
sources in spelling and defining. (Exercises from Pronouncing Hand 
Book). 

Numbers. — Walton's Written Arithmetic from page 215, exercises in 
mental arithmetic. 

Writing and Drawing. — Writing Books Nos. 6 and 7, Drawing Book 
No. 4, (Writing Book No. 10.) 

Oral Lessons. — Same as previous year, introducing also such subjects 
as history, geography, natural science, government, noted men and 
women, etc. 

Language.- Swinton's English Grammar from page 135, Swinton's 
School Composition to page 103. 



94: 



Geography. — Warren's Common School Geography reviewed, War- 
ren's Physical Geography, map drawing. 
History. — Seavey's, Goodrich's History from page 158. 



GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS. 

Writing. — As it is an advantage and a credit to any person to write 
a fair and legible hand, teachers are requested to give particular atten- 
tion to this branch of education, and to see that the scholars hold the 
pen correctly, and that they sit in an easy and proper attitude at the 
desk. 

Singing. — As directed by the teacher of music. Teachers are 
expected to devote as much time as can well be spared for that purpose, 
to singing, and it will be well to occasionally combine this with physi- 
cal exercise. 

Physical Exercise. — A short time in each day should be given to reg- 
ular exercises, such as exercise in the seat, of the body, arms and neck ; 
marching, and exercises while standing; aiming at easy and healthful 
positions; also pay special attention to the attitude of the scholar while-, 
reading. 

In the East Ward, North Ward, Woodville and Greenwood Schools, 
will be taught those studies iitting the scholar for admission to the 
First Grammar School. 

In the Franklin Primary and West Ward Primary, scholars will be 
fitted for the Second Intermediate School. 

In the Franklin Intermediate and West Ward Intermediate, scholars 
will be prepared for admission to the Second Grammar School. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES 



OF 



THE BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



The cycle of the year brings us to another of those noting 
points of our progress, our condition and our needs, at which 
we may both pleasantly and profitably consider what has 
been clone and what there still exists for us to accomplish 
in the spe'cial trust confided to us. 

The nature of the trust itself, the altogether pleasant asso- 
ciations with which it is rife, and the dignity of the work of 
which it is a most noble and efficient auxiliary — the elevation 
of character and the increase of usefulness, — all contribute 
to render the reflection alike gratifying and encouraging. 

The First Napoleon, bent on a concentrate dynasty, once 
bade his "Marshals "Beware! when bayonets shall learn 
to think !" His ambition could find no room for the com- 
mon mind to develop thought and the power which thought 
alone can bring. To him, for the common people to hold 
the sovereignty of thought betokened the growth of an intelli- 
gence fatal to the despotism it was his glory to wield. " The 
stone which he rejected has become the head of the corner" 
in the Republic of which we are part, and it is to the largeness 
of thought, to its universal extension and the observance of 
its teachings that we confidently look for our rise, progress 

and perpetuity. 

In a nation whose every citizen is a sovereign, where pow- 
er resides with each one, where the united intelligence of the 
people must determine the laws, the relations, the policy and 
the very composition of the State, it is evident that every- 



96 

thing depends upon the character and extent of the general 
intelligence. 

Just as the human body and its forces are built up of, and 
and become like, the food upon which they depend, so the 
mind feeds upon, builds itself out of, and becomes the type 
of, what it absorbs. The higher the character of its pabu- 
lum, the more ample its supply, and the easier its assimila- 
tion, the better, richer and wider will be the cast of mind 
and its reach. 

Books are most largely our mental purveyors. Good books, 
— those best embodiments of the best thoughts of men — so 
bring to us the delights of high companionship, over-riding 
time, distance and social barriers to pour their wealth into 
our laps, that they are fast moulding into broader lines the 
lives and aspirations of men and communities. 

To read is to think ; to think is to purpose, and purposes 
are the embryos of acts. 

The rule of Socrates most aptly applies to books. " You 
say," said he, " the thing is good. Good/br ichat ?" It is 
impossible in this day not to recognize the fact that much 
reading matter often condemned, and not of the highest or 
even perhaps of the medium class, actually performs a valua- 
ble service in the stimulus alone, that it gives for reading, 
so opening the road to higher and better levels of thought. 
No man ever began at the top of the ladder, and the heights 
of knowledge, noble thinking and nobler living are only scal- 
ed step by step, and slowly. 

It is said that Sir Isaac Newton, finding the son of his gar- 
dener familiar with his "Principia," demanded to know how 
he had reached so advanced knowledge, to which the youth 
admirably responded, "I have always believed one may learn 
anything who has once mastered the twenty-six letters of the 
alphabet." 

If a book is not actually pernicious, it has a power fur 
good. Good for what? To open the outer door to the 
whole range of the galleries of thought of all men, of all 
times, in all lands, and there is an approbation that belongs 
to the lower forms of literary effort, so long as they avoid 



97 



absolute evil, as the lower rounds of the ladder leading to 
better things, — the twenty-six letters of the alphabet of 
thought which daily unfolds brighter and better pages. 

A few facts furnished by public reports and by the Libra- 
rian, are worthy the thoughtful attention of all. 

From 70 to 80 per cent, of the books taken from public 
libraries are works of fiction. 

The foreign population, as a rule, take a better class of 
books than others. 

The demand for scientific books is on the increase, and the 
books purchased the last year have been largely of the better 
order, scientific and religious works, biography and travels. 

We believe that these facts -indicate much. 

First. That the imaginative, that most cheering and 
helpful of mental phases, is doing its normal work of relieving 
the dull and often depressing monotony of "the daily round, 
the common task," and it becomes only desirable to direct 
it along such lines as blend it with truth : — the scientific, as 
in the fascinating works of Jules Verne ; the historical, as in 
the novels of Miss Muhlback ; the geographical or zoological, 
as in those of Maryatt, Fennimore Cooper, Goulding, or 
Mayne Eeid. 

Second. It would seem to be indicated, by the fact that a 
better class of books is taken by the foreign population than 
by others, that the Public Library is accomplishing its intend- 
ed work. That those to whom the need and the advantage 
are greatest, most fully appreciate its opportunities, and 
profit thereby. The fact is further suggestive and deserves 
thought. 

Third. The larger demand for scientific and kindred books 
may be held to indicate an increased demand of the day for 
more thorough foundation knowledge, and a recognition that 
the lines of life and thought, with the greater age of the 
country, are being more sharply drawn, and run more in 
special grooves. The Trustees have endeavored to keep 
fully abreast of this demand, and earnestly desire to stimu- 
late and encourage it by all aids in their power. 

It is believed that a most happy and useful adjunct of the 



98 



Library would be the furnishing and opening of Memorial 
Hall as a Reading Eoom. That there is need of such an 
institution for a large class in all communities, perhaps 
specially in ours, there can be little doubt. Such a reading- 
room, well warmed and lighted, supplied with the current 
periodicals and newspapers, home and foreign, would unfail- 
ingly be a nursery of that broader intelligence which marks 
the thinker and the helpful citizen. A more philanthropic gift 
than the means to this end, it would hardly be possible for 
any friend or friends of the town to bestow. 

The suggestions of the year's experiences are few. "We 
invoke a thoughtfulness of parents and guardians for the 
careful use of books in their households, not less from con- 
siderations of proper regard for public property, in itself so 
worthy of good treatment, than from the fact that not a few 
of the volumes are either expensive or rare, and become in- 
creasingly so as they pass out of print. 

The inculcation of quiet and courteous behavior on the 
part of juvenile frequenters of the library, will recommend 
itself to those who have influence in this direction. The 
delightful quiet, order and precision which greet one on 
entering the public libraries of our great cities, is so fittingly 
associated with the presence of so much of the best thought 
of the greatest minds, that we naturally desire it for the 
realm of books, wherever found. 

Upon one point the Trustees desire to earnestly and united- 
ly bespeak the consideration of the town at its approaching 
annual meeting, viz. : the need of a new catalogue. 

Like a great compendium of facts without an index, like a 
treasure-vault without a key, like a well without a bucket to 
draw with, is a library without an available record of its 
contents. Its cost need not be large, it being found that an 
appropriation of three hundred dollars will cover it, and its 
necessity is so obvious that it cannot be counted wise economy 
to longer defer its publication. 

To a larger and better life, to the fields of knowledge 
untrodden by mortal feet, to the wisdom of other realms and 
the presence of the great Author, one from our number has 



99 



gone out in the year that draws to a close. Inseparably 
associated in our thought with him whose hand reared the 
walls of our literary storehouse, and stamped his name and 
fame on our town, herself respected and esteemed by all, her 
departure could not fail to be of moment, her loss of general 
concern. 

Mrs. Eliza A. Wakefield, by whose aid and consent our 
chief public edifice, the gift of her late husband, became the 
property of the town, will long have place in the memory of 
her associates and towns-people, and the noble gift in which 
she so freely joined, will keep alive in other years the recol- 
lection of the life gone from us. 

The Trustees recommend for the coming year an appropri- 
ation of two hundred dollars in addition to the proceeds of 
the Dog Tax for the Library, and an appropriation of three 
hundred dollars for the publication of a new catalogue. 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. 
C. W. EATON, Treasurer. 
T. E. BALGH, Secretary. 
HARRIET N. FLINT. 
EDWARD MANSFIELD. 
THOMAS WINSHIP. 
S. O. RICHARDSON. 
F. P. HURD. 
GEO. L. KILGORE. 
JOHN M. CATE. 
AZEL AMES, JR. 
JOHN HOGAN. 



100 



FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE LIBRARY. 



Beebe Town Library in account with C. W. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees. 

CR. 

By Town Appropriation, . . . $200 00 
Dog taxes, refunded Town by County, 433 20 
Interest on Flint Fund, . . 60 00 

Interest on Hurd Fund, . . 25 30 

Sale of old paper, &c, . 1 00 

Fines received, . . . . 20 97 

— $740 47 



DR. 

To cash paid V. E. Marsh, Librarian, . $206 25 

for new books, . . . 368 59 

repairs of books, . . 88 75 

wrapping paper, . . 33 66 

circulars, . . . 1 75 

express charges, . . 6 95 
postage stamps and envelopes, 1 00 

record books, . . . 26 00 

replacing three books, . 1 85 

sundries at Library, . 4 05 

Balance on hand, . . . . 1 62 



$740 47 



CHESTER W. EATON, 

Treasurer of Trustees, 



101 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



Total number of volumes in the Library, 
Added by purchase within the year, 

donation from Lucius Beebe, Esq., 

R. E. Smile, San Francisco, 

Mrs. E. C. Poland, 

N. P. Banks, 

State of Massachusetts, 

Bureau of Education, . 

U. S. Government, 
Exchanged for Town Histories, . . 
Persons having signed the By-laws, 
No. of Accts. on which Books have been charged, 
Number of Books re-bound in 1877-78, 
Number of Pamphlets bound, . . . 
Number of Books discarded or worn out, 
Whole number of Books delivered, 
Decrease since last year, .... 
Greatest number to one account, 
Average number delivered each day, . 



a 



<< 



i t 



hour, 



6,179 

305 

49 

1 

4 

12 

15 

2 

1 

7 

92 

668 

204 

21 

145 

30,401 

451 

235 

260 

52 



YTCTORINE E. MARSH, Librarian. 



102 



BOOKS ADDED TO LIBRARY SINCE LAST REPORT. 



A. 



5471 
5509 
5348 
5308 
5416 
5350 
5522 
5399 
5406 
5431 
5466 
5613 
5377 
5371 
5462 
5619 
5329 
5460 
5538 
5382 
5349 
5473 
5442 
5543 
5598 
5401 



A Blue Stocking, Mrs. Annie Edwards. 

Abraham, the Friend of God, J. O. Dykes. 

Abroad Again, Curtis Guild. 

Across Africa, Verney Lovett Cameron. 

Acts and Resolves of Gen. Court of Mass., 1877. 



Adirondack Tales, 

Adrift in the Jce-Fields, 

A Family Feud, 

Afterglow, 

After Many Days, 

Alcohol and the State, 

All Saint's Day and Other Sermons, 

Aloys, 

American, 

American Addresses, 

American Almanac for 1878. 

American Explorers. Vol 1st., 

American Senator, 

Among the Turks, 



W. H. H. Murray. 

Capt. C. W. Hall. 

German of Harder. 

No Name Series. 

Christian Reid. 

R. C. Pitman. 

Chas. Kingsley. 

Berth old Auerbach. 

Henry James, Jr. 

Thomas H. Huxley. 

T. W. Hi££inson. 

Anthony Trollope. 

Cyrus Hamlin. 

Lewis H. Morgan. 

1876. 

Hiram C. Hod^e. 



Ancient Society, 

Annual Record of Science and Industry. 

Arizona, as It Is, 

Arnot, Rev. William. Autobiography and Memoir. . 

Aunt Joe's Scrap Bag. My Girls, Louisa M. Alcott. 

Aunt Phillis's Cabin, Mrs. Mary H. Eastman. 

A Woman Hater, Charles Reade. 

B. 



5470 Baroness of New York, 

5521 Bar-rooms at Brantley, 

5330 Bastonnais, 

5583 Becket, Thomas a. Life and Times of, 

5580 Beginnings of Christianity, 

5562 Being a Boy, 

5365 Ben Blinker, 

5312 Bernardino Ochino of Siena, 



Joaquin Miller. 

T. S. Arthur. 

John Lesperance. 

J. A. Froude. 

George P. Fisher. 

C. D. Warner. 

Rev. Daniel Wise. 

Karl Benrath. 



5578 
5338 
5447 
5467 
5366 
5432 
5554 
5388 
5491 
5586 
5617 
5523 
5359 
5568 
5376 
5342 
5368 
5379 



103 

Bessie Harrington's Venture, 

Bessie Lang, 

Beyond the Sierras, 

Biology. Monday Lectures, 

Birds and Poets, 

Black Spirits and White, 

Blue Banner, 

Blue Blood, 

Bodley's Telling Stories. 

Book of the Farm, 

Bourbon Lilies ; a Story of Artist Life, 

Boys of Westonbury, 

Breck, Samuel. Recollections. 

Bride of the Rhine, 

Brief Honors, 



Julia A. Mathews. 

Alice Cork ran. 

Rev. A. H. Tevis. 

Joseph Cook. 

John Burroughs. 

T. E. Trollope. 

Leon Cahun. 

Leon Dande. 

George E. Waring, Jr. 

Lizzie W. Champney. 

Rev. H. C. Adams. 

Edited by H. E. Scudder. 

George E. Waring, Jr. 

Anon. 



Browning. Mrs. E. B. Life, Letters and Essays. 
Buddha and Buddhism, 
Burning of the Ursuline Convent. 



c. 



C. D. B. Mills. 



5391 
5397 
5517 
5494 
5600 
5504 
5396 
5528 
5360 
5487 
5593 
5374 
5362 
5525 
5395 
5413 
5588 
5443 
5415 
5316 
5310 
5539 
5402 
5358 
5488 
5441 



Wickham Hoffman. 

John Esten Cooke. 

James Parton. 

W. W. Story. 

Ellis Gray. 

J. P. Thompson. 

T. W. Reid. 

Geo. H. Calvert. 

Ashburn Towner. 



Camp, Court and Siege, 

Canolles, 

Caricature and Comic Art, 

Castle St. Angelo, 

Cedars, The 

Centennial, Lectures on 

Charlotte Bronte. A Monograph, 

Charlotte von Stein. A Memoir, 

Chedayne of Kotono, 

Cherbury, Lord of, and Thomas Elwood, Ed. by W. D. Howells. 

Child Hunters, A Friend of Italy. 

Children of Light, Rev. Wm. W. Faris. 

China. History of Insurrection, From the French. 

Christian Aspects of Faith and Duty, J. J. Taylor. 

Christianity and Islam, Rev. W. R. W. Stephens. 

Christian Way, The Rev. Washington Gladden. 

Coming Empire. H. F. McDanield and N. A. Taylor. 

Connecticut, History of. 

Coronation, 

Country Quarters, a Love Story, 



E. P. Tenney. 
Countess of Blessington. 



Critical History of the American War, 

Cross above the Crescent, 

Crossing the Quicksands, 

Cruise of her Majesty's Ship Challenger, 

Counterfeit Presentment, 

Count Frontenac and New France, 



A. Mahan. 

Horatio Southgate. 

S. W. Cozzens. 

W. J. J. Spry. 

W. D. Howells. 

Francis Parkman. 



104 



D. 



5584 Daniel, the Beloved, 

5439 Dante, 

5317 Dark Colleen. A Love Story. 

5412 Day of My Life, by an Eton Boy. 

5356 Deep Haven, 

5389 De Quincy, Thomas. Life and Writings. 

5495 Diana, 
5503 Doctor Tom, 

5596 Doctrine of Scriptural Retribution, 

5496 Dolly, a Love Story, 
5551 Dora's Housekeeping. 

5353 Dyspepsia and Kindred Diseases, 



William M. Taylor. 
Mrs. Oliphant. 



Sarah O. Jewett. 

2 vols., [H. A. Page. 

Susan Warner. 

Edward Payson. 

Edward Beecher. 

F. H. Burnett. 

' Dr. W. W. Hall. 



E. 

5320 Early Years of Christianity, 

5459 Egj'pt as It Is, 

5367 Ella's Half Sovereign. 

5481 Elsie's Children, 

5614 Ernest Quest, 

5370 Erskine, Thomas. Letters, &c, 

5410 Eugenie, 

F. 



E. de Pressense. 
J. C. McCoan. 

Martha Farquharson. 

Sallie R. Ford. 

Edited by William Hanna. 

Beatrice May Butt. 



5318 Faithful Margaret, 

5457 Fat and Blood, &c, 

5612 Field Paths and Green Lanes, 

5331 Fighting the Foe, 

5398 First Love is Best, 

5542 Forest Glen, 

5341 Forty Years at Sea, 

5483 Four Irrepressibles, 

5582 Four Years with General Lee, 

5450 Froebel, Reminiscences of, 

5555 From Egypt to Japan, 

5547 From Hand to Mouth, 

5419 Fruit and Bread. A Scientific 

5437 Fulham Lawn, 

G. 



Annie Ashmore. 

S. W. Mitchell. 

Louis J. Jennings. 

Fidelite. 

Gail Hamilton. 

Elijah Kellogg. 

Capt. Lefavor. 

Anon. 

Walter H. Taylor. 

Tranlatedby Mrs. Horace Mann. 

Henry M. Field. 

A. M. Douglas. 

Gustav Schlickeyson. 

Miss Thackeray. 



Diet, 



5313 Gabriel Conroy, 
5430 Garth, 



Bret Harte. 
Julian Hawthorne. 



5378 
5386 
5453 
5448 
5335 
5567 
5428 
5603 



5499 
5485 
5384 
5435 
5426 
5455 
5346 
5581 
5601 
5599 
5394 
5486 
5615 
5339 



105 

Gatherings from an Artist's Portfolio, 

Gospel Invitation, The. Sermons. 

Gerard's Marriage, 

Good for Nothing Polly, 

Gold Thread, The 

Green Pastures and Piccadilly, 

G. T. T., 

Guilford, Conn 



J. E. Freeman. 

Andre Theuriet. 

Ella Farm an. 

Rev. Norman Macleod. 

William Black. 

E. E. Hale. 



History from manuscript of Hon. R. D. Smith. 

H. 

Harry. A Poem . By the author of John Jerninghani's Journal. 

Harry Holbrook, 

Harvest of Wild Oats, 2 vols., 

Health Report, State of Mass., 1877. 

Her Father's Name. 2 vols., 

Hetty's Strange History, 

His Grandmothers. A Summer Salad. 

Historical Studies, 

History of the English People. Vol. 1st., 

Home Interiors, 

Hortense, 

Hours with Men and Books, 

Household Education, 



Sir Randall H. Roberts. 
Florence Marryat. 

Florence Marryat. 
No Name Series. 

Eugene Lawrence. 

J. R. Green. 

E. C. Gardner. 

Emily Pierpontde Lesdernier. 

William Mathews. 

H. Martineau. 



House in the Glen and the Boys Who Built It. 
How to Camp Out, 



I. 



John M. Gould. 



5407 In Change Unchanged, 

5344 Indexto Harper's Magazine. 

5380 Indian Miscellany, 

5540 In the Meshes, 



Linda Villari. 
Vols. 1—50. 

Edited by W. W. Beach. 
Christine McKenzie. 



J. 

5451 Jack, Alphonse Daudet. 

5592 Japan : Historical and Descriptive, Charles H. Eden. 

5258 Jewish Church, History of. Vols. 2nd and 3rd. 

5527 Jimmy, Johns and Other Stories, Mrs. A. M. Diaz. 

5363 Joanna's Inheritance, Emma Marshall. 

5449 Johnson Manor, The James Kent. 



K. 

5545 Khedive's Egypt, 
5552 Kirk, Rev. E. N., 
546S Knight of the 19th Century, A 



Edwin de Leon. 

Life by David O. Mears. 

E. P. Roe. 



106 
L. 

5576 Lady Alice, Emma Marshall. 

5390 La Gaviota, Translated from the Spanish. 

5510 Lapsed, but not Lost, Mrs. Charles. 

5433 Latimer Family, The T. S. Arthur. 

5516 Layman's Legacy. Selections from Writings of Samuel Greg. 

5436 Leaguer of Lathom, The 2 vols., W. H. Ainsworth. 

5590 Letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne. 

5326 Life of a Scotch Naturalist, Samuel Smiles. 

5602 LSI, "Fair, Fair with Golden Hair," Hon. Mrs. Featherstonhaugh. 

5332 Little and Wise. Sermons to Children, Rev. W. W. Newton. 

5411 Lola, Arthur Griffiths. 

5337 Lorley and Reinhard, Berthold Auerbach. 

5604 Lynn, Mass., History of Alonzo Lewis and J. R. Newhall. 



M. 



5311 Macauley, Selections from Otto Trevelyan. 

5444 Manatitlans, The R. E. Smile. 

5479 Man of War Life, Charles Nordhoff. 
5474 Marchfield. A Story of Commercial Morality. 

5605 Marlborough, Mass., History of, Charles Hudson. 

5574 Marmorne, No Name Series. 

5417 Marquis of Lossie, George Macdonald. 

5570 Massachusetts Public Documents. 1876. 5 vols. 

5571 Massachusetts, Board of Education Report. '75, '76. 

5440 Memoir of Gen. John Stark, Caleb Stark. 

5480 Merchant Vessel, The Charles Nordhoff. 
5319 Mignon, Mrs. Forrester. 
5548 Mildred, Mary J. Holmes. 
5533 Minor Poems. Little Classics, 15th vol. 

5618 Mirage. No Name Series. Author of "Kismet." 

5519 Miss Misanthrope, Justin McCarthy. 

5354 Modern Mephistopheles, No Name Series. 

5352 Moody, Sankey and Bliss, Rev. Elias Nason. 

5579 Moore's Uncollected Writings. 

5469 Musset, Alfred de. Biography, Trans, by H. W. Preston. 

5492 Myths and Marvels of Astronomy, R. A. Proctor. 

5434 My Lady Help, Mrs. Warren. 

5456 My Mother-in-Law, Anon. 

5484 My Own Child. 2 vols., Florence Marry at. 

5472 Mystery of the Island, Henry Kingsley. 



107 



N. 



5532 
5607 
5535 

5606 

5357 
5445 
5423 
5610 
5514 
5490 



5372 
5589 
5340 
5616 
5489 
5566 
5587 
5424 
5393 
5505 
5541 
5355 
5364 
5392 



Narrative Poems. Little Classics 
New Bedford, History of 
New Ireland, 
New Jersey, Past and Present, 

John W. Barber and Henry Howe 



13th vol. 

Daniel Ricketson. 
A. M. Sullivan, M. P. 



New Lands within the Arctic Circle, 
Nicholas Minturn, 

Nimport. Vol. 1st of Wayside Series. 
North American Review for 1877. 2 vols. 
Now-a-days ; or, King's Daughters, 
Nurse and Patient and Camp Cure, 



Julius Payer. 
J. G. Holland. 



Emma Marshall. 
S. Weir Mitchell. 



o. 

Ocean to Ocean, 

Old Naumkeag, C. H. 

Olivia Raleigh, 

One Happy Winter, 

One Year Abroad, 

Origin of the World, 

Orthodoxy. Monday Lectures, 

Other People's Children, 

Ottoman Power in Europe, 

Ottomon Turks, 

Our Gold Mine. Baptist Mission, 

Out of the Question, 

Out West, 

Overland Tales, 

P. 



Rev. George M. Grant. 

Webber and W. S. Nebbins. 

W. W. Follett Synge. 

Mrs. S. S. Robbins. 

Blanche Howard. 

J. W. Dawson. 

Joseph Cook. 

John Habberton. 

E. A. Freeman. 

Sir Edward S. Creasy. 

Mrs. A. C. Chaplin. 

W. D. Howells. 

Oliver Optic. 

Josephine Clifford. 



5446 Panola, 

5558 Pemaquid, 
5465 Pendower, 

5309 Peru, Incidents of Travel and Exploration 

5321 Pine Needles, 

5420 Poe, Edgar Allen. Life of 

5408 Poet and Merchant, 

5534 Poems of Places. 14 vols. Edited 

5559 Poetic Interpretation of Nature, 
5452 Pomponia, 

5591 Pope Pius IX. Story of His Life, 

5361 Popular Quotations, 

5427 Primary Union Speaker, 



Mrs. Sarah A. Dorsey. 

Mrs. E. Prentiss. 

M. Filleul. 

, E. G. Squier. 

Susan Warner. 

William F. Gill. 

Berthold Auerbach. 

by H. W. Longfellow 

J. C. Shairp. 

Mrs. Webb. 

T. A. Trollope. 

Carleton. 

John D. Philbrick. 



108 



5323 Prince of Wales in India, J. Drew Gay. 
5351 Proctor, Bryan Waller. Biography and Letters. 

Q. 

5529 Queen of Sheba, T. B. Aldrich. 

5549 Quinnebassett Girls, Sophy May. 

R. 

5463 Recent Polar Voyages. 

5418 Rhode Island, History of George W. Greene. 

5493 Roba di Roma, - W. W. Story. 

5560 Robert Raikes and Sunday Schools, Alfred Gregory. 

5524 Round about the Minster Green, ' Ascott R. Hope. 

*5345 Russia, D. Mackenzie Wallace. 

S. 

5454 Samuel Brohl & Co., Victor Cherbuliez. 

5482 Scenes with the Hunter and Trapper, W. H. D. Adams^ 

5403 Scripture Club of Valley Rest, John Habberton. 

5328 Seed of the Church, Helen Mary Dickinson. 

5464 Selections from Writings of Mrs. Charles. 
5572 Sermons by Charles H. Spurgeon. 

5515 Settler and the Savage, R. M. Ballantyne. 

5369 Short Studies. 3d Series, J. A. Froude. 

5520 Signal Boys, G. C. Eggleston. 

5476 Six Sinners, Campbell Wheaton. 

5565 Smith Gerrett, an Autobiography, O. B. Frothingham. 

5563 Solomon Isaacs, B. L. Farjeon. 

5502 Song and a Sigh, Rose Porter. 

5608 Spencer, Mass., History of James Draper. 

5333 Statesman's Year Book, 1877, Fred'k Martin. 

5307 St. John, Life and Writings of Rev. James M. Macdonald. 

5594" Story of a Mine, Bret Harte. 

5497 Story of Avis, E. S. Phelps. 
5536 Story of Creation, S.M.Campbell. 
5585 Stories from Homer, " Rev. Alfred J. Church. 
5526 Substance and Show, Lectures of Thomas S. King. 
5518 Sumner, Charles. Memoir and Letters, 2 vols. 

Edited by Edward L. Pierce. 

5375 Supernatural Factor in Revivals, L. T. Townsend. 

5498 Surly Tim and Other Stories, F. H. Burnett. 
5512 Switzerland and the Swiss. 

, 5402 Syrian Sunshine, T. G. Appleton. 



109 



T. 



5373 
5425 
5334 
5400 
5422 
5322 
5530 
5531 
5544 
5324 
5597 
5327 
5575 
5550 
5537 
5507 
5381 
5343 
5383 
5546 
5508 
5314 
5325 
5556 
5564 



Table Talk, 

Tangled, 

Ten Years of my Life, 

Ten Years on the Euphrates, 

That Husband of Mine. 

That Lass o' Lowrie's, 

That Wife of Mine, 

The Telephone, 

Thoreau, Life and Aims, 

Three Years at Wolverton. 

Through a Needle's Eye, 

Through Persia by Caravan, 



Bronson Alcott. 

Rachel Carew. 

Princess Felix Salm-Salm. 

Rev. C. H. Wheeler. 

Anon. 

Frances H. Burnett. 

Anon. 

Prof. A. E. Dolbear. 

H. A. Page. 

A School Story. 

Hesba Stretton. 
Arthur Arnold. 



Too Rich, 

To the Sun? 

Transcendentalism. Monday Lectures, 

Transcaucasia and Ararat, 

Transfer of Erin, The 

The True Man. Sermons, 

Turkey, 

Twice Lost, 

Turner, J. M. W., Life of 

Two Americas, 

Two Lilies, 

Two Years behind the Plough 

Tyrol and the Tyrolese, 



From the German of AdolphStreckfuss. 

Jules Verne. 



Joseph Cook. 

James Bryce. 

Thomas C. Amory. 

Rev. S. S. Mitchell. 

James Baker. 

W. H. G. Kingston. 

♦Walter Thornbury. 

Maj. Sir Rose Lambert Price. 

Julia Kavanagh. 

W. A. B. Grohman. 



u. 



5458 Underbrush, 
5477 Under the Waves, 



J. T. Fields. 
R. M. Ballantyne. 



y. 



5404 Vegetable Garden, The James Hogg. 

5429 Village Improvements and Farm Villages, G. E. Waring, Jr. 
Vineta, From German of E. Werner. 



5421 
5513 
5409 



Violet Douglas, 
Virgin Soil, 



w. 



Emma Marshall. 
Ivan Turgenieff. 



5561 Water Spouts* 

5557 Ways of the Spirit, 

5553 Webster, Daniel. Reminiscences of, 



Edited by J. M Stearns. 

F. H. Hedge. 

Peter Harvey. 



110 



Charles Nordhoff. 

E. E. Hale. 

Gail Hamilton. 



5478 Whaling and Fishing, 

5577 What Career? 

5414 What Think Ye of Christ? 

5315 White Cross and Dove of Pearls. 

5385 Whitfield, Rev. George. Life of, 2 vols., 

5569 Windfalls, 

5475 Wings of Courage, 

5336 Winter Story, 

5573 Wolf at the Door. No Name Series. 

5511 Womankind, 

5506 Woman's Work among the Lowly, Mrs. S. R. I. Bennett 

5609 Worcester. Reminiscences. 1657-1877, Caleb A. Wall 

5387 Women of the Century, Rev. Phebe A. Hanaford. 

5347 Worthy Women of Our First Century, 

Edited by Mrs. Wister and Miss Irwin 

5595 Wreck of the "Grosvener." 



Rev. L. Tver man. 

Thomas G. Appleton. 

From the French. 

Miss Peard. 



C. M. Yonge. 



AUDITORS' STATEMENT. 



The Auditors herewith present the Annual Reports of the 
various town officers, and desire to acknowledge the valua- 
ble assistance of the several Boards, in promptly furnishing 
the subject matter of their reports, thereby enabling us to 
complete the report in the unusually short space of time 
allotted us. 

Our examination, as usual, has included the accounts of 
the Treasurer, Collectors, Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, 
Highway Surveyors and Treasurer of Public Library, and we 
find their accounts generally well kept and sufficiently 
vouched for. 

We would remind the town that we are not charged with 
the duty of controlling municipal payments, but simply to see 
to the true settlement of the same, and to present them in as 
clear a manner as possible, as we find them, so that we are 
not accountable for the manner in which any appropriation 
has been expended. 

Respectfully, 

T. J. SKINNER, 

E. E. EMERSON, ^ Auditors. 

W. S. GREENOUGH, 



INDEX 



Appropriation Committee's Report, 

Appropriations, List of 

Assessors' Report, 

Auditors' Report, . 

Auditors' Statement, 

Bennett Street Appropriation, 

Births, . . . 

Collectors' Statements, 

County Tax (see Treasurer's Report,) 

Deaths, .... 

Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, 

Engineers' Report, 

Fire Department Expenses, 

Fish Committee's Report, 

Highways and Bridges, 

Jurors' List, 

Lake Quannapowitt, Stocking of, 

Librarian's Report, 

Library Finances, 

Loan Account (Treasurer's Report) , 

Marriages, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

"New Books in Library, 

Opening Saugus River, 

Overseers of Poor Report, 

Police Report, . . 

Refuse on Common Extension, 

Richardson Street Appropriation, 

Salaries of Town Officers, 

School Committee's Report, 

School Expenses, 

School Contingent, 

Selectmen's Report, 

State Aid (Treasurer's Report) , 

State Tax, 

Street Lamps, 

Support of Poor, 

Tax Deeds, List of, 

Town Clerk's Report, 

Town Debt, . 

Town Officers, List of, 

Treasurer's Report, 

Trustees of Library Report, 



9 and 



14 



Page. 

72 

6 

48 

6 

111 
27 
60 
38 
41 
67 
17 
49 
12 
53 
22 
5 
16 

101 

100 
41 
63 
19 

102 
17 
29 
51 
11 
28 
15 
74 
6 

10 
45 
44 
41 
18 
and 29 
43 
60 
42 
3 
40 
95 



THE SIXTY-SEVENTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING MARCH 1st, 1879. 



CONTAINING REPORTS OF THE 



AUDITORS, SELECTMEN, ASSESSORS, OVERSEERS 

OF THE POOR, TREASURER, COLLECTOR, FIRE 

ENGINEERS, FISH COMMITTEE, SCHOOL 

COMMITTEE AND LIBRARY TRUSTEES. 



ALSO, 



THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD OF THE 

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS 

DURING THE YEAR 1878. 



BOSTON: 

CONANT & NEWHALL, PJUNTERS, 32 HAWLEY STREET, 

1879. 



TOWN OFFICEKS, 1878-9. 



Selectmen. 
JAMES OLIVER, Chairman. 



JOHN S. EATON, Secretary. 



B. B. BURBANK. 



Town Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Town Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON. 



JOHN S. EATON. 



Assessors. 
JOHN PURINGTON. 



JAMES OLIVER. 



Overseers of the Poor. 
CYRUS N. WHITE. JOSEPH CONNELL. S. F. LITTLEFIELD. 



School Committee. 

E. P. COLBY, 

GEO. W. ABORN, 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, 
THEODORE E. BALCH, 
S. K. HAMILTON. Secretary and Treasurer. 
AUSTIN S. GARVER, - - - 



T. J. SKINNER. 



Auditors. 
E. E. EMERSON. 



Term Expires 1881. 
1881. 
1880. 
1880- 
1879. 
1879. 



W. S. GREENOUGH. 



Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BRITTON. 



Fish Committee. 
OSCAR I. STOWELL, C. P. POLAND, 



THOMAS GOULD. 



Trustees of the Beebe Town Library. 



LUCIUS BEEBE, 

T. E. BALCH, Secretary. 

CHESTER W. EATON, Treasurer. 

THOMAS WINSHIP. 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, Chairman. 

JOHN M. CATE. 

CYRUS WAKEFIELD. 



HARRIET N. FLINT. 
S. O. RICHARDSON. 
F. P. HURD. 
H. H. SAVAGE. 
AZEL AMES, JR. 
JOHN HOGAN. 



Engineers of Fire Department. 
C. H. DAVIS. S. F. LITTLEFIELD. ISRAEL F. PARSONS. 



Board of Health. 
S. O. RICHARDSON. E. P. COLBY. J. R. MANSFIELD. 



Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Highway Surveyors. 

CHARLES H. STEARNS, - - Centre District. 

C. P. POLAND, - - * North 

L. B. BATON, - - South 

THOMAS GOULD, - - - East 

CYRUS KIMBALL, - .... West 

JOSHUA PERHAM, ------ Wnodville" 



Fence Viewers. 
CHAS. H. STEARNS, GEO. H. TEAGUE, GEO. PACKARD. 



Constables. 
CHAS. H. DAVIS. HOWARD EMERSON. OLIVER WALTON. 



Police Officers. 
CHAS. H. DAVIS, Chief. F. G. COKER. 

JOHN F. ALEXANDER. TIMOTHY REAGAN. 

HENRY W. EUSTIS. R. L. COOPER. 

JOHN DRUGAN. JOSEPH TUTTLE. 

J. H. EATON. I. A. PARSONS. 



Pound Keeper. 
JQHN B. ATWELL. 



Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 
GEO. W. ABORN. GEO. K. GILMAN. 

E. W. EATON. A. A. MANSFIELD. 

JAMES WESTGATE. 



Measurers of Wood. 

RICHARD BRITTON. A. A. MANSFIELD, 

JOSHUA WALTON. HENRY CLAY. 

A. J. HUTCHINSON. B. F. ABBOTT. 

JOSEPH TUTTLE. M. C. EVANS. 

W. S. MASON. C. W. GREEN. 



Surveyors of Lumber. 

HENRY CLAY. GEO. H. TEAGUE. 

H. L. HASKELL. GEO. PACKARD. 

EUGENE S. HINCKLEY. C. F. BICKFORD. 



Truant Officers. 
F. G. COKER. WM. H. WILEY. 



Field Drivers. 
THOMAS HICKS. JOHN L. EDMANDS. 







LIST OF JURORS 



Accepted by the Town, Nov. 5, 1878. 



Abbott, Benj. F. 
Abbott, George 
Abbott, Henry F. 
Allen, Mark W. 
Atherton, Arlon S. 
Atwell, John 
Atwell, William H. 
Balch, Theodore E. 
Beebe, Cyrus G. 
Bickford, Chas. F. 
Blanchard A. J. 
Boardman, Moses 
Burbank, B. B. 
Carter, James H. 
Coker, Fred. G. 
Connell, Joseph 
Cooper, Reuben L. 
Crocker, Luther 
Currier, H. P. 
Dodge, Arthur P. 
Dolliver, Horatio 
Dunshee, Allen L. 
Eaton, Isaac F. 
Eaton, Levi B. 
Emerson, James E. 
Emmons, Dimon T. 
Emerson, Frederic 
Gilman, Geo. K. 
Green, Thomas 
Hardy, Geo. A. 



Hartshorn e, Charles F. 
Haskell, Henry Jr. 
Hawkes, Augustus A. 
Heath, Leonard N. 
Hook, John W. 
Kendrick, Rufus 
Kenney, Thomas 
Killoran, James 
Knight, Elisha 
Maloney, John A. 
Mansfield, James J. 
Mansfield, Joseph D. 
Mason, David P. 
Nichols, Hero W. 
O'Hea, Bartholomew 
Oliver, Henry N. 
Parker, Samuel Jr. 
Philpot, Cyrus A. 
Potter, James W. 
Putney, Stillman J. 
Reed, Washington 
Stearns, Charles H. 
Stowell Issachar 
Sweetser, Alfred I. 
Sweetser, Jewett B. 
Walton, James C. W. 
Walton, Oliver 
Webster, John W. 
Williams, Francis 



6 

TOWN MEETINGS 

HELD DURING THE YEAR ENDING FEB. 28, 1879. 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, APRIL 1ST, 1878. 

The meeting was called to order at 9 o'clock, a. m., by the 
Town Clerk, who read the warrant. Prayer was offered by 
Rev. E. A. Howard. 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

Samuel K. Hamilton was elected Moderator, hav- 
ing thirty-eight votes. (John M. Cate had seven- 
teen votes.) 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the Annual Reports of Town Officers. 
Voted. That the Annual Reports of the Town Officers, as 
printed, be accepted by the town. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of the Committee on Ap- 
propriations. 

Voted. That the report of the Committee on Appropriations 
be accepted as printed. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will accept the provisions of Chapter 186 of 
the acts of the year 1877, in relation to the Election of Over- 
seers of the Poor. 

Voted. That the provisions of Chap. 186, Acts of 1877, in re- 
lation to the Election of Overseers of the Poor, be 
accepted by the town, to take effect at the next An- 
nual Meeting. 

Art. 5. To choose all necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing. 

The following Officers were chosen by ballot. 

Town Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE had 532 votes. (Elected.) 

Town Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON had 532 votes. (Elected.) 

Selectmen. 

JOHN S. EATON, . . . (Elected.) 526. . 

B. B. BURBANK, .... (Elected.) 352. 

JAMES OLIVER, . . . (Elected.) 327. 

FREEMAN EMMONS 220. 

WILLIAM K. PERKINS, 127. 

Scattering Votes, 20. 



Assessors. 



.JOHN S. EATON, 
JOHN PURINGTON, . 
JAMES OLIVER, 
GEO. II. SWEETSER, 
WILLIAM K. PERKINS, 
Scattering Votes, . 



(Elected.) 
(Elected.) 

(Elected.) 



Overseers of the Poor. 



JOSEPH CONNELL, 
CYRUS N. WHITE, . 
SAMUEL F. LITTLEFIELD, 
WILLIAM F. YOUNG, 
C. H. STEARNS, 
Scattering Votes, . 



(Elected.) 
(Elected.) 
(Elected.) 



School Committee. 

(for three years.) 

E. P. COLBY, .... (Elected.) 
GEO. W. ABORN, . . . (Elected.) 

M. F. FLATLEY, 

QUINCY WHITNEY, .... 
Scattering Votes, 

For one Year. 

AUSTIN S. GARVER, . . (Elected.) 

E. A. UPTON, 

QUINCY WHITNEY, .... 

Constables. 

CHARLES H. DAVIS. . . (Elected.) 
HOWARD E. EMERSON, , (Elected.) 

OLIVER WALTON, 2d, . . (Elected.) 

W. H. GRAY, 

ISRAEL A. PARSONS, .... 

GEO. H. TEAGUE, 

DANIEL CAREY, 

Scattering Votes, 

Fence Viewers. 

CHARLES H. STEARNS, . . (Elected.) 
GEO. H. TEAGUE, . . . (Elected.) 
GEORGE PACKARD, . . (Elected.) 

E. A. UPTON, 

A. TURNBULL, 



530. 

438. 
375. 
137. 

81. 

24. 



389. 
372. 
362. 
238. 
193. 
11. 



399. 
374. 
125. 

44. 
11. 



325. 

196. 

2. 



521. 
443. 
257. 
205. 

75. 

65. 

15. 
6. 



524. 
518. 
285. 
244. 
3. 



8 
Board of Health. 



S. 0. 


RICHARDSON, 


(Elected.) 


6 


J. R. 


MANSFIELD, . 


(Elected.) 


6 


E. P. 


COLBY, . 


(Elected.) 


6 



Fish Committee. 

OSCAR I. STOWELL, . . (Elected.) 3. 

C. P. POLAND, .... (Elected.) 3. 

THOMAS GOULD, . . . (Elected.) 3. 

The following officers were chosen by adoption of report 
of Nominating Committee. 

Auditors. 
T. J. SKINNER, E. E. EMERSON, W. S. GREENOUGH. 

Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BR1TT0N. 

Trustees of Beebe Town Library. 

LUCIUS BEEBE. JOHN M. CATE. 

THEODORE E. BALCH. H. H. SAVAGE. 

CHESTER W. EATON. CYRUS WAKEFIELD. 

F. P. HURD. HARRIET N. FLINT. 

THOMAS WINSHIP. S. O. RICHARDSON. 

EDWARD MANSFIELD. AZEL AMES, Jr. 
JOHN HOGAN. 

Surveyors of Highways. 

CHARLES H. STEARNS, . . . Centre District. 

C. P. POLAND, . . . , -. . North 

L. B. EATON, . . . . . South 

THOS. GOULD, East 

CYRUS KIMBALL . . . . . West 

JOSHUA PERHAM, . .... . Woodville 

Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 

GEO. W. ABORN. GEO. K. GILMAN. 

EVERETT W. EATON. A. A. MANSFIELD. 

JAMES WESTGATE. 

Surveyors of Lumber. 

HENRY CLAY. GEO. H. TEAGUE. M. C. TAYLOR. 

H. L. HASKELL. B. F. ABBOTT. GEO. PACKARD. 



9 

Measurers of Wood. 

RtCHARD felUTTON. A. A. MANSFIELD. 

M. C. EVANS. JOSHUA WALTON. 

BENRT (WAY. JOSEPH TUTTLE. 

A. J. HUTCHINSON. B. P. ABBOTT. 

C. W. GREEN. W. S. MASON. 

Field Drivers. 

.JOHN L. EDMANDS. THOMAS LOWE. 

ARTHUR HOLT. THOMAS HICKS. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will authorize their Treasurer to hire money 
to pay all demands in anticipation of taxes. 

Voted. That the Treasurer be authorized to hire money to 
pay bills in anticipation of taxes, and also for notes 
maturing during the year. 

O Oft/ 

Art. 7. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the payment of town debt and interest. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of twelve thousand 
dollars ($12,000) for the payment of town debt and 
interest. 

Art. 8. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of Schools for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of twelve thousand 
dollars ($12,000) for the support of Schools, and the 
sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for School 
Contingent fund, for the ensuing year. 

Art. 9. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of the Poor for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of forty-five hun- 
dred dollars ($4500) for the Support of the Poor for 
the ensuing year. 

Voted. That the appropriation for the Poor be governed by 
the same rules that govern other appropriations, and 
that the amount expended be limited to the ap- 
propriation voted. 

Art. 10. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the repairs of Highways and Bridges for the year ensu- 
ing, and determine how the same shall be expended. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of three thousand 
dollars ($3000) for the repairs of Highways and 
Bridges for the year ensuing. 



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Art. 11. To see how much monej^ the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of the Fire Department for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand 
dollars ($2000) for the support of the Fire De- 
partment for the year ensuing. 

Art. 12. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the maintenance of the Public Library for the year 
ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred dol- 
lars (1100) for the support of the Town Library in 
addition to the Dog Tax. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two hundred and 
fifty dollars ($250) for the purpose of preparing and 
printing a Catalogue. Dr. Azel Ames, Jr., offered 
to donate to the town the sum of fifty dollars ($50) 
to make up the amount asked for ($300) to prepare 
and print the Catalogue, and a vote of thanks was 
given by the town for his very generous offer. 

Art. 13. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the payment of Town Officers for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of twenty-four hun- 
dred and seventy-five dollars ($2475) for the pay- 
ment of Town Officers for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the salaries of the Town Officers be as recom- 
mended by the Appropriation Committee, viz : 



Town Treasurer, 


$ 50. 


Town Clerk, 


100. 


Board of Selectmen, .... 


400. 


" " Assessors, .... 


350. 


" " Overseers of the Poor, 


150. 


" " School Committee, 


200. 


" " Fire Engineers, 


75. 


" u Auditors, .... 


100. 


Tax Collector, for collecting Tax warrant 




for 1878, 


400. 


Police and Constables, 


400. 



Art. 14. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for Street Lamps for the ensuing year. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 

dollars ($1000) for the maintenance of Street Lamps 

for the year ensuing. 



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Art. 15. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for Miscellaneous Expenses for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen hundred 
dollars (11500) for the payment of Miscellaneous 
Expenses for the year ensuing. 

Art. 16. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for Town House Expenses for the ensuing year. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 
dollars ($1000) for Town Hall Expenses for the year 
ensuing. 

Art. 17. To see what method the town .will adopt for the Collection 
of Taxes for the ensuing year. 

Voted. To adopt the same method for the Collection of Taxes 
as was adopted the past year. 

(Note.) At the Annual Town Meeting, held April 2d, 1877, the town voted 
to adopt the following method for the Collection of Taxes, viz: 1st 
That all taxes not exceeding the sum of three dollars, shall be paid 
on or before the first day of August, (1877,) and if not paid within 
thirty days from that date, the Collector shall immediately proceed 
to collect them according to law. 

2d. One-half of all other taxes shall be payable on or before the fif- 
teenth day of September, (1877,) the other half, on or before the 
fifteenth day of February, (1878.) That the Collector be authorized 
to allow a discount of five percent, on all property taxes paid on 
or before the fifteenth day of September next. 

3d. All taxes not paid within fourteen days after they are due, a notice 
shall be issued to the delinquent, demanding payment, for which 
twenty cents shall be charged additional, and on all taxes not paid 
when due, interest at the rate of ten per cent, per annum shall be 
added until paid. 

4th. That all property taxes not paid on or before the fifteenth day of 
April, (1878,) be advertised and enough sold to pay the tax, interest 
and expenses. 

5th. All taxes to be payable at the office of the Collector, he to notify 
all persons to be found by the presentment of their bills at least 
two weeks before the tax is due— poll taxes excepted. 

6th. The Collector to pay all money as fast as collected to the Treasurer, 
and he shall be required to settle his tax list within two years from 
the time of his election, and upon his failure to do so, the Town 
Treasurer be instructed to sue the Collector's bonds. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will authorize their Collector of Taxes for 
the ensuing year to use all means for the collection of taxes 
which a Tow T n Treasurer, when appointed Collector, may 
use. 

Voted, That the Collector of Taxes for the ensuing year be 

authorized to use all means for the collection of 

taxes, which a Town Treasurer, when appointed 

Collector, may use. 

Art. 19. To determine the Compensation of Engine men for the ensu- 
ing year. 

Voted. That the Compensation of Engine men for the en- 
suing year be fixed at the sum of fifteen dollars and 
a sum equal to the Poll Tax. 



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Art. 20. To see what action, if any, the town will take in regard to the 
/ purchase of a Town Seal. 

The Committee appointed for the purpose at the last previous 
Annual Town Meeting, reported a design for a Town Seal and it 
was 

Voted. That the report be adopted, and that the Treasurer be 
authorized and directed to procure a Town Seal as 
recommended, and that the sum of twenty-five dol- 
lars be appropriated for that purpose. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will make any appropriation for the pro- 
gression of the New Park improvement. 

Voted. That the sum of five hundred dollars (1500) be raised 
and appropriated to be expended on the Park Ex- 
tension at such times as to the Selectmen may seem 
most desirable for giving employment to the un- 
employed. 

Art. 22. To see if the town will make some special arrangement for 
providing lodgings and refreshment for travelling paupers 
and tramps, in some other place than the house provided for 
the poor of this town. 

Voted. That the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor, be 
authorized and instructed to make special arrange- 
ments for providing lodgings and refreshment for 
travelling paupers and tramps, to the extent that the 
poor of this town may not be subjected to the 
liability of infectious diseases, and company of such 
characters, and that the sum of three hundred dol- 
lars ($300) be appropriated for such purpose. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars for the decoration of Soldiers' 
Graves, or what action they will take in the matter. 

Voted. That the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars (1150), 
be raised and appropriated for the purpose of deco- 
rating Soldiers' Graves. 

Akt. 24. To see if the town will raise and appropriate fifty dollars for 
expenses of the Fish Committee, or what action they will take 
in regard to it. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of fifty dollars ($50), 
to defray the expenses of the Fish Committee. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of one 
hundred and twenty dollars, to paint, paper and carpet the 
Yale Engine House Hall, or what they will do in reference 
to it. 

Voted. To pass the article over. 



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Art. 20. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
solicit bids, from all the resident Printers of the town, for 
printing the Town Reports and general town printing each 
year, and that they be instructed to give the work to the 
lowest bidder, provided he be a responsible person. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 27. To see what action, if any, the town will take in relation to 
the introduction of water into the town, by the Quannapowitt 
Water Company. 

Voted. That the subject of this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of one hundred 
dollars for the purpose of repairing the sidewalk from Yale 
Avenue to the Congregational Church, on the west side of 
Main and Common Streets. 

Voted. That the sum of one hundred dollars, ($1X0), be raised 
and appropriated to repair the sidewalk, from Yale 
Avenue to the Congregational Church, on the west 
side of Main and Common Streets. 

Art. 29. To hear and act upon the Report of the Selectmen for the 
laying out of a new town way, from Lake Avenue to the Shore 
of Quannapowitt Lake, over a private way, known as 
Spaulding's Court. 

James Oliver presented a report of the Selectmen for laying 
out of a new town way, from Lake Avenue to the Shore of 
Lake Quannapowitt, over a private way known as Spaulding 
Court. 

Voted. To accept the report. 

Voted. To adopt the report. 

Voted. That the poor of the town be employed in building 
said Street. 

(Note.) The above named report is recorded in Commissioners' Records, Book 
1, Folio 49. 

Art. 80. To see if the town will accept the provisions of Chapter 243 of 
the acts of the year 1867, in relation to shade and ornamental 
trees standing in highways and streets. 

Voted. That the subject of the article be indefinitely post- 
ponecl. 

Art. 31. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen, upon the 
petition of Samuel Kimball and others for the widening of 
Greenwood Street. 

James Oliver, Chairman of Board of Selectmen, presented 
their report, in relation to widening Greenwood Street, (Re- 
port recorded in Commissioners' Records, Book 1, Folio 49). 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report. 



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Art. 32. To see if the town will grant the free use of the Town Hall for 
the ensuing year to the Wakefield Reform Club, and other 
Temperance Organizations of the town, for public meetings. 

Voted. That the Selectmen be authorized to grant the free 
use of the Town Hall for the ensuing year to all 
regularly formed Temperance Organizations, when 
no admission fee is charged. 

Art. 33. To hear and act upon report of Committees. 

William N. Tyler, Esq., in behalf of the Committee chosen at 
a previous town meeting, to consider the matter of providing 
a suitable place for the commitment of Juvenile Offenders, 
submitted a report, recommending the Lawrence Industrial 
School, at Lawrence, Mass., as, in their opinion, the most 
suitable place, provided satisfactory arrangements can be 
made with the managers of said Institution. The committee 
further recommended that the matter be referred to the School 
Committee or Selectmen for future action. (Report record- 
ed in Town Records. Book No. 6. Folio 460) 

Voted. To accept the report. 

Voted. To adopt the report, striking out the words "or Select- 
men." 

Voted. That the thanks of the meeting be tendered to S. K. 
Hamilton, Moderator, for the very able and impartial 
manner in which the meeting has been conducted. 

Voted. (At 8 o'clock P. M.) that the meeting be dissolved. 



MEETING, JUNE 3rd, 1878. 

AT 7 12 O'CLOCK, P. M. 

Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
Wm. S. Greenough was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will appropriate money to pay the C. Wake- 
field Engine Company, for the year ending May 1, 1878, or 
what they will do about it. 

Voted. That the town appropriate the sum of six hundred and 
fifty dollars, ($650), for the purpose of paying the C. 
Wakefield Engine Company. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will appropriate two hundred dollars to 
grade New Salem Street, or what they will do about it. 

Voted. To appropriate the sum of two hundred dollars ($200) 
for the purpose of grading New Salem Street. 



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Art. 4. To see if the town will relinquish its claim to the Gravel Pit 
upon land of P. J. Reagan, on Vernon Street, or what action 
they will take in the matter. 

Voted, That the town relinquish all its right to the Gravel 
Pit upon land of P. J. Reagan on Vernon Street. 

Art. 5. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen upon the 
petition of B. B. Cobb and others, for the laying out of a new 
town way from Gould to West Chestnut Streets. 

James Oliver, Esq. , Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 
presented a report upon the petition of B. B. Cobb and others 
for the laying out of a new town way, from Gould to West 
Chestnut Streets. (Report recorded in Commissioners' Rec- 
ords. Book I. Folio 50). 

Voted. That the report be accepted and adopted. 

Art. 6. To see what action the town will take in reference to the 
claim of James French against the town, in connection with 
various tax accounts. 

Voted. That the matter be referred to the Selectmen, with 
power to settle with Mr. French, as they deem for the 
best interests of the town. 

Voted. To dissolve the meeting. 



MEETING NOVEMBER 5, 1878. 

FOR THE ELECTION OF NATIONAL, STATE AND COUNTY OFFICERS. 

Meeting called to order by James Oliver, Esq., Chairman 
Board of Selectmen, at 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Prayer was offered by Rev. R. R. Riddell. 

Polls opened at 9.15, A. M. 

Voted. That the polls be closed at 4.45, P. M. 



RESULT OF THE BALLOT. 

For Governor. 

THOMAS TALBOT, of Billerica, - - - - - 540 

BENJAMIN F. BUTLER, of Lowell, 315 

JOSIAH G. ABBOTT, of Boston, 27 



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For Lieutenant Governor. 

JOHN G. LONG, of Hinglmm, , - - - - . . .544 
JOHN F. ARNOLD, of No. Adams, ..... o 80 

WILLIAM R. PLUNKETT, of Pittsfield, - - - - - 59 

For Secretary of State. 

HENRY B. PEIRCE, of Abington, ------ 543 

WESTON HOWLAND, of Fairhaven, ----- 278 

HENRY C. EWING, of Holyoke, ....... 6 1 

Scattering Votes, 1 

For Treasurer and Receiyer GeneRxYL. 

CHARLES ENDICOTT, of Canton, --.... 543 

JOHN PL JENNINGS, of New Bedford, - - . 278 

DAVID N. SKILLINGS, of Winchester, - 61 

Scattering Votes, -----.... \ 

For Auditor. 

JULIUS L. CLARKE, of Newton, --.... 543 

DAVIS J. KING, of Boston, ------- 279 

JOHN E. FITZGERALD, of Boston, 58 

Scattering Votes, ..--.... 3 

For Attorney General. 

GEORGE MARSTON, of New Bedford, ----- 543 

WILLIAM D. NORTHEND, of Salem, - - - - - 278 

RICHARD OLNEY, of Boston, ------- 61 

Scattering Votes, 1 

For Representative to 46th Congress, 5th District. 

SELWYN Z. BOWMAN, of Somerville, ----- 557 

NATHAN CLARK, of Lynn, ...... 308 

Scattering Votes, 1 

For Councillor, 6th District. 

JOSEPH A. HARWOOD, of Littleton, 545 

ALONZO V. LYNDE, of Melrose, ----- 334 

Scattering Votes, --------- l 

For Senator 6th Middlesex District. 

DANIEL RUSSELL, of Melrose, 555 

SUMNER W. KIMBALL, of Stoneham, .... 323 



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For Register of Probate. 

JOSEPH II. TYLER, of Winchester, - - - 547 

WILLIAM V. THOMPSON, of Cambridge, - - 333 

Scattering Votes, • 2 

For County Commissioner. 

J. HENRY READ, of Westford, - - 541 

THOMAS H. HILL, of Woburn, ....... 342 

Scattering Votes, - - - 1 

For Representative to the General Court, 

11th Middlesex District. 

AZEL AMES, Jr. of Wakefield, - - 451 

LUCIUS BEERE, of Wakefield, - - 331 

WILLIAM F. YOUNG, of Wakefield, - - - - 90 

Scattering Votes, -'-•-'- 2 



PERTAINING TO TOWN BUSINESS, 

AT 2 O'CLOCK P. M. 
Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
John M. Cate was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2 To receive and act upon the List of Jurors as prepared by the 
Selectmen. 

Voted. That the List of Jurors presented by the Selectmen and 
revised by the town, be accepted and adopted. (See 
page 5). 

Art. 3. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of Two thousand 
dollars for the payment of claims under the act of the year 
1878, relating to military relief. 

Voted. That the sum of Two thousand dollars ($2,000), be 
appropriated for the payment of claims under the act 
of 1878, relating to Military Relief. 

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Art. 4. To see if the town will establish and confirm the South line of 
Greenwood Street from the Boston and Maine Railroad to 
Main Street, as the fence now stands, or what they will do 
about it. 

Voted. That the South line of Greenwood Street, from the 
Boston and Maine Railroad to Main Street, be con- 
firmed and established as the fence now stands. 
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Art. 5. To see if the town will appoint the members of the C. Wake- 
field Engine Company, Enginemen for the term of one } r ear, 
commencing November fifteenth, 1878, or what action it will 

take thereon. 

Voted. That E. A. Upton, A. C. Perkins and James Oliver be 
a Committee to take this matter into consideration 
and report at the next town meeting. 

Art. 6. To hear and act upon reports of Committees. Dr. E. P. Colby 
in behalf of the School Committee to whom was referred, at 
at a previous town meeting, the business of procuring a place 
for the detention of truants, reported that arrangements could 
be made with the city of Lowell, whereby truants from this 
town will be received in the Lowell "Reform School, at two 
dollars per week for board and schooling, and eight dollars 
per quarter for clothing, and recommending that the same 
be made. 

Voted. That the report be accepted and adopted. (Report 
recorded in Town Records, Book No. 6, Folio 481). 

Voted. That the meeting, so far as relates to town business, 
be dissolved. 



MEETING, JANUARY 21, 1879. 
at 7 o'clock p. :vt. 
Art. 1 . To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
Samuel K. Hamilton was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see what action the town will authorize with reference to 
the suit commenced against the town by Rodney Edmands, 
to recover the sum of one hundred dollars, as bounty, together 
with interest thereon from the year 1863. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be a Committee with discretionary 
power in relation to the management of this matter. 

Voted. That, if the Selectmen, upon investigation, deem it ex- 
pedient to settle with Mr. Edmands, the sum of two 
hundred and fifty dollars (8250) be appropriated for 
that purpose. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will authorize the transfer of three hundred 
dollars from the regular School Appropriation of the current 
year to the School Contingent Appropriation. 

Voted. To pass the article over. 



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Art. 4. To see if the town will authorize the transfer of the sum of 
three hundred dollars, which sum was appropriated for pro- 
viding lodgings for tramps, to the appropriation for payment 
of Miscellaneous town Expenses. 

Voted. To authorize the Selectmen to transfer the sum of 
three hundred dollars ($300) which sum was ap- 
propriated for providing lodgings for tramps, to the 
Miscellaneous Appropriation. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will make an additional appropriation for 
the Support of the Poor for the current year, or what they 
will do about it. 

Voted. That the Selectmen be authorized to draw orders in 
favor of the Overseers of the Poor, to the amount of 
one thousand dollars ($1000) to pay the Expenses of 
the Poor Department the balance of the Municipal 
year. 

Art. 6. To hear and act upon reports of Town Committees. 

There being no Committees to report — 
Voted. That the meeting be dissolved. 



MEETING, FEB. 24th, 1879. 

AT 7 o'clock, p. m. 
Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
Wm. S. Greenough was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will choose an Appropriation Committee, 
and define the duties of said Committee. 

Voted. To choose an Appropriation Committee of fifteen 

from different parts of the town. 
Voted. That a Committee of five be appointed by the 

Moderator, to nominate the Committee of fifteen. 

The Committee reported the following names: 

W. S. Greenough. Thomas Winship. 

James F. Emerson. W. H. Atwell. 

S. O. Richardson. Wm. F. Young. 

Theo. E. Balch. Joseph Connell. 

B. W. Oliver. Lucius Beebe. 

L. B. Eaton. John Purington. 

Issachar Stowell. C. F. Richardson. 
J. J. Mansfield. 



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And the report was accepted and adopted. 

Voted. That the Committee be instructed to adopt the same 
course that has been pursued by similar Committees, 
to recommend separate appropriations for Town 
Debt, and interest on Town Debt, and to print their 
report in the Annual Town Report. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will accept the provisions of Chapter 158 of 
the Acts and Resolves of the year 1871. in reference to 
choosing Road Commissioners. 

Voted. To pass this Article over. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will accept the provisions of Chapter 255 of 
the Acts and Resolves of the year 1878, in relation to the 
election of Selectmen and Assessors. 

Voted. To pass this Article over. 

Art. 5. To hear and act upon reports of Committees. 

There being no Committee to report, it was 
Voted. To dissolve the meeting. 



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AUDITORS' REPORT. 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1878-9. 

For Town Debt and Interest, 
Support of Schools, 
School Contingent Fund, 
Support of the Poor, 

" " " Fire Department, . 
Salaries of Town Officers, 
Expenses of Street Lamps, 
Town House Expenses, . 
Highways and Bridges, 
Miscellaneous Expenses, 
Lodgings for Tramps, . 
Military Aid, Xew Law, 1877-8, . 
C. Wakefield Engine Co., (Pay Roll,) 
Support of Beebe Town Library, (inclu 

Tax, 1877-8, 8337.03,) . 
Catalogue for Public Library, 
Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, 
Park Extension, .... 
Sidewalk from Tale Ave. to Cong. Chu 
Spaulding Street Appropriation, . 
Greenwood " " 

Murray " " 

Xew Salem Street " 
Rodney Edmands' claim (conditional) 
Fish Committee's Expenses, . 
Town Seal, ..... 

Total, 





. 812,000 


00 




'12,000 00 




. 1,000 


00 




4,500 


00 




. 2,000 


00 




. 2,475 


00 




. 1,000 


00 




. 1,000 


00 




. 3,000 


00 




1,500 


00 




300 


00 




2,000 


00 




650 


00 


ding . 


Dog 






437 


03 




250 


00 




150 


00 




500 


00 


rch, . 


100 


00 




150 


00 




100 


00 




200 


00 




200 


00 




250 


00 




50 


00 




25 


0.0 


. 


145,837 


03 



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SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS, 

Appropriation authorized, .... 
Expended as follows: 



Paid Melvin J. Hill 



Teachers' Salaries. 

Hio-h School, 



Eliza M. Greenwood, Assistant do. 



Martha Keith, 
M. E. Wentworth, 
Abbie S. Perkins, 
Frederick S. Cutter, 
M. Annie Warren, 



do. do. 
Advanced Grammar, 
First " 

Second " 

Third 



Elenora Hutchinson, 1st Intermediate, 

Hannah H. Taft, 

Jennie L. Dearborn, 

Alice A. Alexander, 

Myra A. Steams, 

M. I. Hersey, 

Clara E. Bancroft, 

Susan E. Barker, 

Geo. F. Wilson, 

Francella M. Evans, 

Nellie A. Miller, 

L. J. Mansfield, 

Annie R. Killoran, 

Mary J. George, 

Susie D. Turnbull, 

Susan E. Barker, 

Alice Field, 

Emma L. TTpham, 

Alice A. Hammond, 

Alice M. Wiley, 



2d 

3d 

1st Primary, 

2d 

Assistant do. do. . 

" 2d Grammar 
Music Teacher, 
Xorth 
West Int., 

" Primary, 
East 

Greenwood, 
Franklin Int., 
do. do. 
do. do. 
do. Primary, . 
Woodville, . 
do. 



812,000 00 



Total for Salaries, 

Janitors' Services. 

Paid William H. Wiley, High School Building, 
Abel F. Hutchinson, Centre Dist., 
George E. Gamage, do- 

Amount carried forward, 



81,464 41 
78 00 
497 50 
641 76 
513 42 
816 64 
431 75 
489 25 
190 00 
235 90 
425 92 
367 50 
443 31 
94 99 
97 49 
466 88 
412 06 
367 50 
399 00 
445 82 
408 33 
154 99 
147 00 
79 17 
397 50 
304 50 
84 00 



$10,454 59 



$185 


00 


39 


42 


180 


00 



8404 42 



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Amount brought forward, 



Paid Henry Phelps, North, 


39 50 


Isaac F. Sheldon, South, 


40 00 


George H. Wiley, East, 


78 00 


Wrn. W. Bessey, West, 


84 00 


James E. Buckley, Franklin, 


32 00 


H. C. Wilson, do. 


46 00 


E. Butterfield, Woodville, 


89 33 


Total for Janitors, . 


$763 25 


Fuel Account. 




Paid Benson &Hall, 




92 ,43^ Tons Coal at $5.30, 


$488 75 


Basketing, 10^ Tons at .75, 


7 88 


George W. Aborn, 




10 Tons Furnace Coal, at 16.00, . 


60 00 


1 Ton Egg Coal, .... 


6 50 


Basketing, . ... 


50 


2 Cords Oak and Pine Wood, $5.25, 


10 50 


4| " " " 7.00, 


31 50 


A. A. Mansfield, Weighing Coal, 


10 44 


Geo. E. Gamage, Prep'g Fuel, 


12 80 


Asaph Evans, " " 


6 34 


W. W. Bessey, " " 


1 00 


Total Fuel Account, 


$636 21 



Note. — For recapitulation, look beyond at close of contingent Fund, 



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SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND, 

Regular Appropriation authorized, . . . $1,000 00 
Received from Mass. State Fund, 1878, . . 214 03 

Total, .... 11,214 03 



Expended as follows: 



dGeo. W. White & 


Co., 10 Stewart Stoves, at $35, 350 00 


a a a 


Joints and Labor, 


5 00 


Wakefield Rattan Co., Mats, 


21 00 


Geo. H. Teague, 


Labor and Repairs, 


204 72 


S. F. Littlefield & Co., 


65 29 


Z. F. Fairbanks, 


a 


39 36 


John G. McLeocl, 


u 


50 90 


W. J. Moulton, 


Li 


40 00 


D. P. Mason, 


a 


16 00 


B. F. Shedd, 


u 


6 03 


M. Madden, 


u 


2 25 


Sidney Merchant, 


a 


17 00 


J. & S. Winship, 


a 


1 50 


Bacon & Sweetser. 


11 


8 50 


Israel A. Parsons, 


u 


2 60 


John Purington, 


a 


4 70 


J. Westgate, 


Lumber, . 


6 28 


G. W. Aborn, 


Stock for Coal Bin, . 


3 30 


G. C. McKenzie, 


Rep'g Clocks, . 


4 00 


F. S. Shaw, 


Supplies, . 


1 50 


J. L. Hammett 


u 


13 15 


J. A. Swazey, 


Rep'g Blackboards, 


21 60 


William Gooch, 


Tuning Pianos, 


4 00 


C. E.. Tripp, 


Books and Stationery, 


22 10 


Frank A. Morrill, 


do. 


68 95 


John W. Locke, 


Stationery, 


22 60 


F. S. Cutter, 


a 


4 00 


School Committee, 


Books furnished Children, 


16 19 


Doane &. Greenough, Stationery and Ink, 


41 89 


W. H. Twombly, V 


Printing, 


25 68 


S. B. Dearborn, 


a 


12 00 


Citizens' Gas Co., 


Gas, . 


4 55 



Amount carried forward, 



106 64 



25 



Amount brought forward, 






$1,106 64 


aid Thomas Gould, 


Labor, . 




15 00 


Samuel Kimball, 


a 






3 00 


Win. H. Wiley, 


Labor and Sundries, 






18 00 


Geo. E. Gamage, 


do. 






40 59 


Geo. H. Wiley, 


u 






2 00 


E. Butterfield, 


a 






60 


R. Seaver, 


a 






65 


Geo. F. Wilsou, 


a 






75 


I. F. Sheldon, 


a 






10 11 


J. H. Wentworth, 


Repairing Pump, 






3 00 


J. H. Eaton, 


Express, 






50 


L. F. Linnell, 


a 






25 


H. M. Hideout, 


Taking Census, 






25 00 


Peterson & Parker, 


one-half Expense of 


Curb- 




stones, front of High School JBuildin 


g> 


36 25 



Total, 



$1,262 34 



Recapitulation. 

Regular School Appropriation brought forward, $12,000 00 

School Contingent Fund " " 1,000 00 

Mass. State Fund " " 214 03 



Total, 


• 


$13,214 03 


upended: 






Teachers' Salaries, . 


. $10,454 59 




Janitors' Services, • 


763 25 




Fuel Account, 


636 21 




Incidentals and Repairs, 


1,262 34 




Total, 

ilfmp.p nnPYnpnrlpfl nnw in Vmn 


fla 


$13,116 39 



of School Committee, 



. $97 64 



26 



FIEE DEPARTMENT. 

Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows: 

Yale Engine Company. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1878, . 
C. E. Townley, Steward's services, 

J. H. Emerson, " " 

Andrew Young, use of horses in 1877 — 8, 

H. K Winslow, " " " " « 

James Boyd & Sons, suction hose, 
Hunneman & Co., rep'g hose, 



H. Emerson & Son, 


supplies, 


Geo. W. Aborn, 


kindlings, 


Citizens' Gas Co., 


gas, 


E. W. Eaton, 


sundries, 


C. H. Davis, 


a 


J. D. Mansfield, 


it 


J. F. Woodward & Son 


repairs, 


Israel A. Parsons, 


a 


Bacon & Sweetser, 


a 


J. B. Wiley, 


u 


J. & S. Winship 


a 


L. J. Descalzo, 


a 


S. F. Littlefield & Co 


« 


Wm. Blake & Co., 


bell, 


J. H. Eaton, 

Tota 


express, . 
1. 



Chemical Engine Co. No. 1. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1878. 

steward's services, 



Justin Howard, 
H. N. Winslow, 
Oscar Hutchinson, 
Cutler Bros., 
Howe & French, 
Chas. W. Badger, 
J. J. Mansfield, 

Amount carried forward, 



teaming, 

rent to Aug. 17th, . 

soda, 

chemicals, 
a 

fuel, 



$2,000X0 



$905 


25 


45 


88 


12 


12 


22 


00 


24 


00 


60 


00 


5 


75 


7 


12 


2 


00 


7 


70 


1 


25 




30 


4 28 


4 


50 


7 


15 




78 


5 


50 


1 


75 


r ' 


60 


l 8 


67 


6 


50 


1 


45 



,134 55 



$151 


00 


21 


45 


22 


21 


27 


35 


30 


24 


3 


98 


4 


16 


5 


60 



$265 99 



27 



Amount brought forward, 
Justin Howard, sundries, 

A. J. Wilkinson & Co. gong, 
Chas. H. Davis, sundries, 

J. F. Woodward & Son, repairs, 
S. F. Littlefield & Co. " . 

Israel A. Parsons, " 

J. H. Eaton, express, 

L. F. Linnell, " 

Total, . 



$265 99 



2 


65 


3 


75 


2 


00 


3 


20 


2 


57 


1 


00 


2 


00 


2 


30 



$285 46 



Washington Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. 
Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1878, . . $254 00 



John M. Cate, 



Rent from Jan. 1st, 1877, 

to Mar. 1, '79,@ $180 per year. 

steward's services, 



C. A. Perkins, 

Fred Emerson, " " 

A. S. Cobb, use of horses, 

S. F. Littlefield & Co. repairs, 

J. D. Mansfield, chamois skin, 

Total, 



210 00 



15 


00 


23 


75 


3 


00 


2 


50 


• 


50 


. $508 75 



Other Expenses in the Department. 
Paid Abram Gould, Rent of land for Engine House, 



Geo. I. Oliver, 
Andrew Young, 
J. H. Emerson, 
John Murray, 
C. A. Peterson, 
J. H. Eaton, 
Israel A. Parsons, 
J. II. Wentworth 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., 
I. F. Sheldon, 
Chas. H. Davis, 



steward's services, 
teaming stones for well in 187 
ringing bell, 
night watch, 
damages to fence . 
labor on reservoirs, 

repairs on town pumps, 



$10 00 

18 00 

7, 5 00 

3 00 

3 00 

5 00 
10 00 

3 75 
25 20 

6 99 
3 00 

75 



Total, 



$93 69 



28 

Recap itulation. 

Yale Engine Company No. 1, . 
Chemical Engine Company No. 1, . 
Washington Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, 
Sundry other Expenses, 

Total Expended, . . . $2,022 45 
Balance overdrawn, carried to Appropriation for 

Miscellaneous Expenses ... 22 45 



$1,134 55 


285 46 


508 75 


93 69 



12,000 00 



SUPPORT OF THE POOR. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $4,500 00 

Paid Cyrus N. White, Chairman of Overseers, as 

per receipts, . . . , . 5,500 00 



Balance overdrawn, . . $1,000 00 

For details of Expenditures, see Report of Overseers of 
the Poor. 



NOTE. — By vote of the town, Jan. 21st, the Selectmen were authorized to draw 
orders in excess of this Appropriation to the extent of $1,000. 



29 



SALAKIES OF TOWN OFTICEKS. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Board of Auditors for 1877 — 8, 
" " Selectmen, 1878—9, 
" " Assessors, " . 

" " Overseers of Poor, " . 
" " Engineers, " . 

" " School Committee, 
J. F. Emerson, Treas. to March 1st, 1878, 
C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, 1878—9, 

" " " Recording Statistics 

" " Sealer of Weights and Measures. 

Richard Britton, Collector in full for 1876, 

" " " on account for 1878, 

Wm. N. Tyler, Expenses as Committee of Juvenile 
Offenders, ...... 

Daniel Carey, Truant Officer for 1877, 

Oliver Walton, Undertaker's Return of Deaths, 

Wm. G. Skinner, 

John A. Meloney, " " 

Constables and Police, (see details below), 

Total, . . . 

Balance unexpended, 



$2,475 00 

100 00 
400 00 
350 00 
150 00 

75 00 
200 00 

50 00 
100 00 

81 25 

10 00 
125 00 
300 00 

7 65 
35 00 
14 00 

3 75 

2 00 
350 90 



12,354 55 
120 45 

12,475 00 



CONSTABLES AND POLICE SEEVICES. 



Appropriation recommended, . . . . $400 00 
Expended as follows: 

Outstanding Bills Previous to Apr. 1, 1878. 
Paid John F. Alexander, Police Duty, 

John Drugan, " " 

Isaac F. Sheldon, 

Daniel Carey, " " 

" Constable Duty, 

" Notifying taxpayers of 1874 

Total, $75 25 



u 

u 



$3 


40 


12 


70 


10 


00 


4 


90 


8 


00 


74, 36 


25 



30 



Bills for Present Year. 



Paid Chas. H. Davis, 
Oliver Walton, 
Chas. H. Davis, 
F. G. Coker, 
John Drugan, 
Henry Eustis, 
John F. Alexander, 
Israel A. Parsons, 
Moses Staples, 
Alexander Turnbull. 
C. F. Bickf ord, 
H. D. Hoyt, 
R. L. Cooper, 
Timothy Reagan, 
John Raynor, 
Wm. H. Gray, 
John H. Eaton, 
Fred Emerson, 
R. H. Mitchell, 
C. A. Perkins, 



Constable Duty. 



Police 



u 



a 



$11 


00 


5 


00 


43 


00 


38 


20 


25 


30 


37 


60 


15 


30 


23 


50 


7 


00 


7 


00 


7 


00 


7 


00 


5 


25 


16 


50 


7 


00 


7 


00 


7 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 



Total, 



$275 65 



Recapitulation. 

Old bills previous to 1878, 
Bills for the year 1878—9, . 

Total, 
Balance unexpended, 



$75 


25 


275 


65 


$350 90 


49 


10 



$400 00 



31 



EXPENSE OF STEEET LAMPS. 




Appropriation authorized, 


. 


$1,000 00 


Expended as follows : 






Paid Citizens' Gas Co. for gas, 


. . 


. $552 66 


David Flanders " lighting, 


. 


37 00 


E. W. Bicker, " " 


. 


. 161 08 


" " " " sundries, 


. . 


4 50 


I. F. Sheldon, lighting and 


care of lamps, 80 00 


Tufts Bros., lamp, post an 


d lantern, 


14 50 


Nathaniel Tufts, 


u 


16 50 


F. G. Coker, setting " 


it 


3 00 


B. B. Burbank, burners &c. 


. 


7 20 


L. J. Descalzo, repairs, . 


. 


20 24 


Z. F. Fairbanks, 


. 


1 25 


S. F. Littlefield & Co., " 


, . 


6 62 


J. H. Eaton, express, . 


. 


2 00 


W. A. Cutter & Co. supplies, 


. 


24 10 


Cutler Bros., " 
Total, 


* • 


4 44 


. $935 09 


Balance unexpended, 


• 


64 91 



$1,000 00 



SUPPORT OF THE BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Regular appropriation, 
Dog Tax of 1877—8, 
Appropriation for Catalogue, 



$100 00 
337 03 

250 00 



Total, 
Paid C. W. Eaton, Treas. of Trustees as per rects., 

For details of expenditures see Trustees' Report. 



$687 03 
687 03 



32 



n 



TOWN HOCTSE EXPENSES. 

Appropriation authorized, ..... 
Expended as follows: 

Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., for Gas, 
F. G. Coker, Janitor, 

Supplies and Repairs, 
Meals furnished prisoners, 
C. O. Anderson, Blankets for Lockup, 

F. S. Shaw, Mattresses, " 

G. W. Aborn, 26 Jtffo Tons Coal at $5.50, 
Johnson Pump, 

J. L. Hanimett, Repairing Settees, 

Cutler Brothers, Supplies, . 

S. F. Littlefield & Co., Supplies, 

Bacon & Sweetser, Repairs, 

L. J. Descalzo, " 

J. H. Eaton, Express, 

James Oliver, Chairman of Selectmen, to pay 
bills for Repairs of Selectmen's and Town 
Clerk's Rooms, as per contract, 

Total, 

Balance unexpended, 



$1,000 00 


$397 


95 


258 


50 


10 


25 


20 


48 


11 


00 


6 


00 


143 


94 


6 


40 


15 


00 


5 


06 


3 


67 


1 


80 




90 


1 


60 



28 00 

$910 55 
89 45 

$1,000 00 



Note — The Janitor reports that the Hall has been opened seventy-five 
times during the year, thirty-seven of which free use has been given, for 
town purposes, and Temperance Organizations. The receipts for the 
Hall amounted to $469.68. 



DECORATION OF SOLDIERS' GRAVES. 



Appropriation authorized, 

Paid Geo. H.-Teague, for Post 12, G. A. R. 5 



$150 00 
150 00 



33 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 

Regular appropriation, ..... $1,500 00 
Transferred from appropriation for "Lodg- 
ings for Tramps," by vote of Town, Jan. 
21st, 1879, . 300 00 

Total appropriations, . . $1,800 00 

Expended as follows: 
Paid John M. Cate, Rent of Armory, from Jan. 
1st, 1878, to Mch. 1st, 1879, at $350 per year, 



Citizens' Gas Co.. 
Geo. W. Aborn, 
W. H. Twombly, 

u u 

S. B. Dearborn, 



gas for R. L. G's, 

fuel for Armory, 

pt'g town reports, 1877-8 

sundry pt'g & adv'ng, 

printing, 



Doane & Greenough, books and stationery, 



John W. Locke, 
C. F. Hartshorne, 
M. R. Warren, 
J. S. Eaton, 
Wm. H. Gray, 

Board of Health, 
P. B. Teed, 
E. W. Eaton, 
Charles Hart, 

E. C. Bates, 

F. G. Coker, 

u u 

a a 



stamps, 

sundries for Town Clerk, 

license blanks, 

sundries, 

envelopes, 

picture frames, 

sundries, 

care of trees, 

oil for " 

labor on trees, 

tree protector, 

boards for check lists 

posting bills, : 

rep'g railing on common, 

ringing bell, 



$408 33 

34 65 

11 00 

292 00 

88 85 

6 75 
51 63 

7 00 
15 05 

1 50 
1 95 

1 50 
4 76 

30 38 

31 85 

2 00 
75 



J. H. Emerson, 
Moses Staples, 
R. H. Mitchell, 
Geo. Abbott, 
Wm. G. Skinner, 
P. J. Reagan, 

pit, 

J. J. Mansfield and Thomas Green, services as 

Referees in matter of P. J. Reagan, 



care of flagg staff, 
circulating town reports, 
damages to land for gravel 



80 
25 
50 



2 00 



00 
00 
00 

00 



12 00 



100 00 



00 



Amount carried forward, 



$1,127 50 



34 

Amount brought forward, I 

Paid Geo. W. Aborn, posts, 
Wm. K. Perkins, labor, 
Cyrus Kimball, steel bar for drills, 

C. H. Davis, for police badges, 

Israel A. Parsons, repairs on flagg staff, 
A. W. Parker, painting " " 

C. F. Hartshorne, selling grass at auction, 
C. H. Stearns, repairing common drain, 

Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe for Woodville, 
T. E. Balch, account of truants, 

Bacon & Sweetser, repairing street signs, 
F. G. Coker, Juror box, 

" " sundries for hearse, 

Oliver Walton, labor old cemetery, 
S. F. Littlefield, sundry repairs, 
J. & S. Winship, 
Michael O'Connell, labor, 
L. F. Linnell, express, 

Frank A. Winship, damages on the Highway, 
Abel F. Hutchinson, (in settlement of bill on 

account Schools refused by School Com.,) 
James French, For defective tax titles, 

Geo. W. Aborn, " redemption of tax title, 

Peterson & Parker 1-2 Expense of curb-stones 

in front of High School Building, 
C. W. Eaton, legal services, 

Eaton & Hamilton " " . 

James Lahey, bound posts, 

Amos Hill, setting " " . . 

Town of Stoneham, " " . 

C. H. Stearns, " . 

James Oliver, " " . 

Levi Flanders, " " . 

David Flanders, " " . 

J. A. Bancroft, surveying Lake Quannapowitt, 

and making Plan, .... 33 00 

Labor and expenses of the Fish Committee, in 

assisting Mr. Bancroft in the survey, . 44 17 



,127 


50 


6 


1 00 


4 


00 


6 


98 


7 


50 


14 


85 


25 


00 


2 


00 


3 


81 


5 


40 


3 


84 


9 


00 


1 


00 




90 


1 


00 


2 


90 




87 




18 




50 


31 


10 


35 


58 


110 


52 


25 


35 


36 


25 


46 


50 


70 


00 


15 


00 


3 


56 


3 


00 


2 


37 


1 


00 


1 


00 




50 



Amount carried forward, $1,682 13 






35 

Amount brought forward, $1,682 13 

Paid E. E. Emerson, for 4th of July Celebration, 100 00 

Balance overdrawn on Fire Department, . 22 45 

Total, .... $1,804 58 

Balance overdrawn, ... 4 58 



TOWN SEAL. 



Total, • , $23 00 

Balance unexpended, . • 2 00 



$25 00 



$1,800 00 



Appropriation authorized ..... $25 00 
Expended as follows: 

Paid K. S. Nichols for design, . $5 00 

1ST. S. Dearborn, seal and press, . 18 00 



LODGINGS FOE TRAMPS. 

Appropriation authorized ..... $300 00 

Transferred to Miscellaneous Expense Account 
by Vote of Town, Jan 21st, 1879. 



C. WAKEFIELD ENGINE 00. 

Appropriation authorized $650 00 

Unexpended. 



36 



MILITAEY AID, NEW LAW OP 1877-8. 

Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows: 
Paid J. Frank Thompson, 

Andrew Mellen, 

Nelson Gammans, 

Charles Hart, . 

Martin Bannon, 

Patrick Fay, . 

H. D. Hoyt, . 

Charles E. Tucker, 

John W. Madden, 

Patrick Lannergan, 

Alexander Boyd, 

Peter Connell, 

Daniel W. Chase, 

Elbridge A. Wiley, 

Geo. H. Kidder, 

Daniel E. Shannahan 

William Sweeney, 

Alexander A. Stubb 

Daniel Doherty, 

Dennis O'Connell, 

John H. Tyler, 

Edward Guihon, 

Wm. B. Brown, 

John F. Alexander, 



Total, 
Balance unexpended, 



Note.— The above expense will be refunded by the State. 



£2,000 00 


199 


14 


90 


71 


92 


00 


69 


00 


92 


00 


77 


63 


108 


50 


66 


50 


68 


00 


48 


00 


50 


50 


45 


00 


45 


00 


52 


50 


33 


00 


33 


00 


41 


50 


24 


50 


21 


00 


24 50 


9 


00 


9 


00 


9 


00 


9 


00 



$1,317 98 
682 02 

$2,000 00 



K0DNEY EDMANDS' CLAIM. 



Appropriation (conditional,) ..... $250 00 
Paid James Oliver, Chairman of Selectmen, and now 

held by him, . 250 00 



37 



EXPENSES OF PISH COMMITTEE. 

Balance in hands of Committee as per last report, 
Amount appropriated in 1878, 

Total, 
Expended as follows: 
Paid for teaming Alewives, . 

" " Landlocked Salmon, . 

" burying fish and posting notices, 
Expenses to and from Newbury, N. H., after 

fresh water Smelts, . . 
Lynn Commissioners, for services, . 
Constables' fees, .... 
Labor on river and dam, 
Use of horses to Winchester and Saugus 
Fish tanks, ..... 
Miscellaneous expenses, . 



Total, 
Balance unexpended and now in hands 
Committee, ..... 



of Fish 



$44 80 
50 00 



$94 80 


$27 00 


2 


00 


2 


50 


18 


85 


15 


00 


1 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


3 


90 


6 


42 



$84 67 



10 13 



$94 80 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 

Appropriation authorized, ..... $3,000 00 
By vote of the Board of Selectmen, April 18th, 1878, 
the above amount was apportioned as follows: 

Retained to pay amounts due Surveyors of last year, $205 46 
Retained for emergencies, . . . . 94 54 

Centre District, C. H. Stearns, Surveyor, . 650 00 

400 00 
400 00 
375 00 
600 00 
275 00 

$3,000 00 



North " 


C. P. Poland, 


South " 


L. B. Eaton, 


East " 


Thomas Gould, 


West " 


Cyrus Kimball, 


Woodville" 


Joshua Perham, 



Total. 



38 



The above amounts have been expended as follows: 

Balances Due Surveyors or 1877. 

Amount retained, 

Expended as follows: 

Paid Levi Flanders, balance due as per report, 



sundry repairs not included 
said report, ..... 

C. P. Poland, balance due as per report, 
L. B. Eaton, " 

H. W. Nichols, 
Joshua Perham, " 



in 



Total, 



$205 46 

1109 22 

5 00 
10 60 

7 77 
40 35 
32 52 

8205 46 



. Reserved for Emergencies. 

Amount retained, ...... $94 54 

Expended as follows: 

Paid C. P. Poland, Surveyor North District, ad- 
ditional allowance, $55 00 

Murray St. Appropriation overdrawn, 
New Salem St. " " . . 

H. W. Nichols, for labor in March, 1878, 
Richard Britton, taxes for labor on Highway, 

F. G. Coker, for guide boards, 
C. H. Stearns, for setting bounds, 

G. W. Aborn, labor account New Salem Street, 
M. O. Shaughnessy, labor acc't Valley Street, 
Thomas W. Coombs, " " Lafayette " 
Michael O'Connell, damages, 

Albert Mansfield, -J Expense repairing Saugus River 
Bridge, ....... 

Total, . . . . . $94 54 



7 


33 


2 


91 


1 


90 


2 


25 


7 


00 


4 96 




50 


7 


00 


2 


00 


1 


19 


2 


50 



39 



Centre District. — C. H. Stearns, Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . . $650 00 
Amount appropriated for Sidewalk from Yale Ave. 

to Congregational Church, .... 100 00 
Received from sundry individuals for soil, labor, &c, 33 80 

Total receipts . . $783 80 

Expended as follows: 
Paid C. H. Stearns, Surveyor, self and team, for la- 
bor on highway, ..... 

C. H. Stearns, breaking snow, 

Sundry individuals as per pay roll, for labor 
Highway, ...... 

Sundry individuals for breaking snow, . 

" gravel, 

Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe and cedar posts, 

James Westgate, lumber, 

S. F. Littlefield & Co., pipe and tools, . 

Cutler Brothers, tools, 

Thomas Leavis, use of machine, 

J. J. Mansfield, lumber, 

J. N. Eames, blacksmith, 

J. B. Whitney, " ... 

Total, 
Balance in excess of appropriation, and now due 
C. H. Stearns, Surveyor, 



North District. — C. P. Poland, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, 
Amount drawn from u Fund for Emergencies," 
Received for sundries, ..... 



$456 50 
Expended as follows: 
Paid C. P. Poland, Surveyor, for self and team, la- 
bor on Highway, ..... $133 37 
Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor on 

Highway, 283 38 



40 


50 


on 




489 


78 


45 


80 


25 


95 


34 


30 


6 


39 


20 


66 




75 


1 


50 


2 


10 


2 


48 


1 


00 


, $880 61 


lue 




96 


81 


$783 


80 


:yor. 

. $400 00 


55 00 


1 


50 



Amount carried forward, 



$416 75 



40 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid Joseph Connell, gravel, 

S. F. Littlefield & Co., supplies, 
J. N. Eames, blacksmith, 

Charles Gorham, posts, 

Geo. Packard, lumber, 

D. Batchelder, " 

Cutler Brothers, tools, 



Balance now due Mr. Poland, 





$416 75 




6 56 




21 36 




3 55 




6 00 




4 92 




50 




63 




$460 27 


• 


3 77 



$456 50 



In additiou to the above, Mr. Poland reports bills for labor 
and removing snow, to the amount of $57.18, which will in- 
crease the amount due him to $60.95. 



$400 00 



South District. — L. B. Eaton, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, 

Expended as follows: 
Paid L. B. Eaton, Surveyor, for self and team, la- 
bor on Highway, .... 

L. B. Eaton, breaking snow, . 

Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor 
Highway, ...... 

Sundry individuals for breaking snow, 

Samuel Kimball, for gravel, 

Joshua Eames, blacksmith, 

Cutler Brothers, tools, 

Total, 
Balance now due Mr. Eaton, . 

$400 00 

East District. — Thomas Gould, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by Surveyor, . $375 00 
Received for soil and labor, ... 8 62 

Expended as follows: 



. $147 


77 


7 


50 


on 




218 


49 


11 


87 


11 


60 


4 


07 


3 


72 


. $405 02 


5 


02 



$383 62 



41 



Paid Thomas Gould, Surveyor, self and team, for la- 
bor on the highway, ..... 
Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor, 

" " for gravel, 

Joshua Walton, blacksmith, 
G. N. Littlefield & Co., drain pipe, . 



Balance now due Mr. Gould, 



$91 


93 


247 


25 


22 


33 


2 


21 


28 


98 


$392 70 


9 


08 



$383 62 



Mr. Gould reports additional unpaid bills to the amount of 
$29.55 for clearing snow, thereby increasing the balance due 
him to $38.63. 



West District. — Cyrus Kimball, Surveyor. 



Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, 

Expended as follows: 
Paid Cyrus Kimball, surveyor, self and team, for la 
bor on highway, . . . 

Cyrus Kimball, for clearing snow, . 

Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor 
highway, ...... 

Sundry individuals for clearing snow, . 

Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 

T. Brooks Hadley, for blasting, . 

Cutler Brothers, " tools, 

J. B. Whitney, Jr., repairing tools, 

G. K Littlefield & Co., tools, 

For railroad sleepers, .... 

Total, 
Balance now due Mr. Kimball, 



$600 00 



. $145 


13 


38 


25 


on 




381 


25 


29 


05 


12 


60 


6 


57 


1 


15 


3 


25 


2 


12 


1 


00 


. $620 37 


20 


37 



$600 00 



Woodville District. — Joshua Perham, Surveyor. 

Amount apportioned and drawn by surveyor, . $275 00 

Expended as follows: 

6 



42 



Paid Joshua Perham, self and team, for labor on 

the highway, ...... $122 87 



Joshua Perham, for removing snow. 
Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for 

" for gravel, 

Tools and repairs, .... 

Total, . 



labor 



19 


53 


103 


95 


26 


60 


2 


05 



$275 00 



Mr. Perham also presents a bill for $29.10 which is now 
due him. 



IMPROVEMENTS ON PARK EXTENSION. 



Appropriation authorized. ..... 

Expended as follows, under the direction of the 
Selectmen: 

Paid C. H. Stearns, foreman, for self and team, . 
Sundry individuals as per pay roll, for labor, 
Peterson & Parker, covering stone for drain, 
N. H. Dow, " « and labor, 

Levi Flanders, stone for drain, 
Patrick Hennessey, stone for drain, 
T. Brooks Hadley, blasting, .... 
Thomas Leavis, use of machine, 



Balance unexpended now in hands of James 
Oliver, Chairman of Selectmen, . 



$500 00 



$84 92 


315 


03 


63 


00 


17 


35 


1 


50 


1 


50 


7 


92 


4 


00 



$495 22 



4 78 

$500 00 



SPAULDING STEEET APPE0PKIATI0N. 



Special appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows: 



$150 00 



43 

Paid Levi Flanders, foreman, for labor and sundries, $42 50 

Sundry individuals, as per pay roll for labor, 83 19 

Joseph Connell, for stone, ... 2 25 

F. (t. Coker, guide board and post, 2 00 

Blacksmith and stone, ..... 81 



$130 75 
Balance unexpended paid into the Town Treasury, 

(see Treasurer's Report,) • . • • 19 25 

$150 00 



MURRAY STREET APPROPRIATION. 

Special appropriation authorized, .... $200 00 

Expended as follows: 
Paid C} r rus Kimball, foreman, for labor, self and team, 

Sundry individuals as per pay roll for labor, . 

T. Brooks Hadley, blasting, .... 

J. B. Whitney, 

$207 33 
Balance overdrawn taken from fund retained for 

Emergencies, ...... 7 33 



$35 


06 


166 


27 


4 75 


1 


25 



$200 00 



NEW SALEM STREET APPROPRIATION. 

Special appropriation authorized, .... $200 00 
Expended as follows: 

Paid Thomas Gould, foreman, for labor, 

Sundry individuals as per pay roll, for labor, 
Michael Hickey, for gravel. 
C. A. Peterson, " " ... 

Blacksmith, ....... 

Amount carried forward, $202 91 



$15 58 


154 95 


24 14 


7 84 


40 



u 

Amount brought forward, $202 91 

Balance overdrawn taken from fund retained for 

Emergencies, ...... 2 91 



8200 00 



GREENWOOD STEEET APPROPRIATION. 

Appropriation authorized, ..... $100 00 
Paid John K. Gilman, land damages, . • . 100 00 



SIDEWALK FE0M YALE AV. TO 00NG. 0HUE0H. 

Appropriation authorized, ..... $100 00 

This appropriation was expended under the direction of 
Charles H. Stearns, and is included in the report of High- 
ways, Centre District, C. H. Stearns, surveyor. 

Note. — The prices paid in the various Highway Districts, were, for 
surveyors, $1.75 per day; laborers, $1.50 per day; horse and cart, $1.50 
per day. — Auditors. 



45 



COLLECTOR'S STATEMENT. 



Tax of 

Uncollected balance as per last 
Received as interest, 


1876. 
report, 

84,068 26 

522 27 


40 
10 
12 


$4,122 69 
504 09 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 


$4,626 78 

$4,590 53 
$36 25 


Balance uncollected, 


. 


Tax of 

Uncollected balance as per last 
Added by Assessors, 
Received as interest, 


1877. 
report, 

. $5,579 

41 

4 


$9,389 07 

28 29 

279 56 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, . 


$9,696 92 

$5,614 62 

$4,082 30 


Balance uncollected, 


. 


20 
19 
93 


Tax of 

Total amount assessed, 
Received as interest, . 


1878. 

• • • 

• • • 

$37,341 

606 
1,726 


$49,041 00 
27 01 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, . 


$49,068 01 
$39,674 32 


/ 







Balance uncollected, $9,393 69 

RICHARD BRITTON, Collector. 



46 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



James F. Emerson, Treas. in acct. with Town of Wakefield. 

DR. 

To cash balance in Treasury, March 5, 1878, . 
hired on Town Notes,, 
release of tax deeds, 
interest received on taxes and loans, 
sale of Town History, 
C. H. Derby, highway surveyor, unexpended 

balance of 1877, 
Richard Britton, collector, 1876, 
" " " 1877, 

" " " 1878, 

liquor licenses, ..... 
Daniel Norcross, Auctioneer license, 
Chas. F. Hartshorne, " 

Francis "Williams, " " 

W. G. Skinner, 
income from Town Hall, 
sale of common grass, 
unexpended balance of Spaulding Street 

Appropriation, ..... 
State Treasurer, Corporation tax, . 
" " National Bank tax, 

« " State Aid, 

" " Armory rent, bal. 1876, 



" " School fund, . 

County Treasurer, account of dog tax, 



$3,838 


95 


36,000 


00 


368 


80 


113 


36 


12 


00 


a 


25 


4,068 


26 


5,579 40 


37,341 


20 


303 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


9 


00 


2 


00 


496 


68 


35 


75 


it 

19 


25 


1,505 


21 


954 43 


1,849 


00 


151 


60 


300 


00 


214 


03 


295 


18 



$93,454 35 



47 



CR. 

By cash paid, Town orders, .... $33,651 37 

" Principal on loan, .... 43,000 00 
" interest, on loan, «... 6,243 39 
" State Treas. J liquor license receipts, 75 75 

" J. M. Gate, Armory rent, . . 151 60 

" State aid account, .... 2,056 50 
" Richard Britton, collector for tax titles, 360 61 
" for register of deeds, . . . 11 05 

" Saugus tax, ..... 4 50 

" release deeds, 27 00 

" expense of auction sale of tax titles, 56 31 

" State tax, ..... 2,540 00 

" " Bank tax, . . . . 783 87 

" County tax, . . . . . 1,834 80 
" School Com. State school fund, . 214 03 
" Library Trustees, interest of Flint 

memorial fund, . . . . 60 00 

Balance cash in Treasury, .... 2,383 57 



454 35 



LOAN ACCOUNT. • 

Amount as per audit, March 5, 1878, . 
since hired by Treasurer, 

Amount paid since March 5, 1878, 

Total Loans, 

Loans are now held, March 5, 1879, as follows: 
State Treasurer, due May 1, 1879, 
Charles Bancroft Estate, due Oct. 10, 1880, 
James Bancroft, due Oct. 10, 1880, 
Mary A. Murray, due Oct. 10, 1880, . 
State Treasurer, due May 20, 1881, . 
Bonds to Bearer, $1,000 each, due June 1, 1881, 

" " May 1, 1882, 
A. B. Gardner, Executrix, due on demand, 



5101,600 00 
36,000 00 



$137,600 00 
43,000 00 

$94,600 00 



$10,000 00 

7,500 00 

3,750 00 

3,750 00 

19,600 00 

19,000 00 

30,000 00 

1,000 00 



Total, . 



$94,600 00 



48 



TOWN DEBT. 

Amount of Notes and Bonds bear- 
ing interest, March 5, 1879, 

Due on State Aid Pension account, 

Outstanding town orders, 

Accrued interest on Notes and 
Bonds to this date, 

Total Liabilities, 

Cash balance in Treasury, 

Due from State on account of State 
aid as per return, Dec. 31, 1878, . 

Military aid, total paid to date of re- 
peal of 1878 law, 

Tax deeds held by Treasurer, . 

Due on Tax List, 1876, . 

1877, . 

1878, . 

Total assets, 

Net debt, .... 

Net debt, as per report last year, . 

" " "" this year, . 

Decrease since 1878 report, 



$94,600 00 

85 00 

134 39 



1,877 16 



896,696 55 



2,383 57 

2,054 00 

1,317 98 
1,085 29 
36 25 
4,082 30 
9,393 69 



$20,353 08 



76,343 47 



83,806 58 
76,343 47 

$7,463 11 



49 



STATE AID. 

Amount allowed to various individuals for the 

year ending March 1, 1879. 2,094 50 

Balance due and unpaid March 1, 1878, 47 00 



Due various individuals, unpaid to 
March 1, 1879, 



,141 50 



The Treasurer has paid of above amount, 2,056 50 



85 00 
$2,141 50 



The amounts which have been paid to each person appear in 
the following statement. 



Israel F. Barnes, 

Elizabeth Bateman, 

W. W. Bessey, 

Mary V. Brown, 

E. C. Bryant, Guardian for 

W. 0. Bryant, 
Augusta M. Chandler, 
Eliza N. Clifford, 
Thomas W. Coombs, 
John Davis, 
Victor Eaton, 
Rodney Edmands, 
Alexander Flanders, 
O. N. Gammons, 
Micah Heath, 
Needham C. Hunter, 
Joseph P. Hurd, 
George H. Jackson, 
Lucinda Locke, 



$54 00 
72 00 
72 00 
48 00 



110 00 


48 00 


52 00 


72 00 


96 00 


72 00 


72 00 


52 00 


27 00 


96 00 


45 00 


45 00 


19 50 


48 00 



Sarah S. Mason, 


48 00 


Elizabeth Moses, 


52 00 


James Oliver, 


29 00 


Johanna Orpin, 


48 00 


Esther S. Parker, 


44 00 


William D. Parker, 


60 00 


Lucy Poland, 


48 00 


Julia A. Ross, 


52 00 


John S. Sargent, 


26 00 


Lydia Sweetser, 


48 00 


Sarah Sweetser, 


48 00 


Geo. W. Townsend, 


120 00 


James Weary, 


33 00 


Geo. N. Whiting, 


66 00 


Geo. H. Wiley, 


66 00 


John Wiley, 2d, 


72 00 


Hiram Woodis, 


96 00 



Total, 



$2,056 50 



50 



LIST OF TAX DEEDS NOW HELD BY TOWN TREAS- 
URER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. 





Tax. 


Date of Deeds. 




C. Wakefield Estate, 


1874, 


Aug. 31, 1875. 


12 00 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1874, 


Aug. 31, 1875. 


18 00 


Albert Day, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


30 51 


John Hill, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


15 44 


Geo. H. Jackson, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


32 18 


Geo. Kempton, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


7 06 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


18 78 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


99 16 


A. J.Perham&W.W.Bes 


5sey,1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


27 15 


C. Wakefield Estate, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877. 


543 18 


James M. Piper. 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


8 15 


William Burditt, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


4 54 


William Burditt, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


21 30 


John Stevens, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


27 37 


Daniel C. Murphy, 


1876, 


Aug. 13,- 1878. 


34 29 


Daniel Sharp, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


58 21 


Thos. Lord, 


1876, 


Jan. 6, 1879. 


94 64 


Thos Lord, 


1876, 


Jan. 6, 1879. 


18 71 


Saml. E. Currier, 


1876, 


Jan. 6, 1879. 


14 62 



$1,085 29 



51 



REPORT 



OF THE 



OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 



For the year ending April 1st, 1879. 



EXPENSES AT THE ALMS HOUSE. 



GROCERIES. 



Paid 


Dana & Co., . 


. $ 36 05 




EC 


Cutler Brothers, . 


. 139 25 




I 


G. W. Sanford, . 


72 02 




;< 


W. A. Cutter, 


2 10 




c 


E. W. Eaton, 


. 192 04 




i 


S. P. Hill & Co., . 


16 29 




t 


W. Green, 


4 03 




'i 


E. B. Kendrick 


10 24 


a 


W. L. Griffin, 

FLOUR AND G. 


78 81 




RAIN. 


Paid 


Dana & Co., . 


. $ 44 75 


a 


G. W. Sanford, . 


. 194 91 


« 


Cutler Brothers, 


. 132 25 


a 


E. W. Eaton, 


88 82 


a 


W. L. Griffin, 

PROVISION 


. 104 70 




s. 


Paid 


W. D. Deadman, . 


. $384 32 




'i 


J. W. Jenkins, 


7 77 



$550 83 



$565 43 



Amount carried f or tear d, 



$392 09 

$1,508 35 



52 

Amount brought forward, $1,508 35 

FRESH FISH. 

Paid E. Butler, $ 8 02 

" W.H.Godfrey, . . . .2158 



$29 60 

BREAD AND CRACKERS. 

Paid J. A. Dill, . . . . . . . $38 00 

DRY GOODS AND CLOTHING. 

Paid G. W. Brackett, . . . . $ 2 10 
" W. M. Stocker, . . . . 113 16 
" J. Martin, . . .• . . Ill 66 

$226 92 



BOOTS AND SHOES. 

Paid R. Britton, . . . . . . £68 82 

HOUSE FURNISHING GOODS. 

Paid F. S. Shaw, $ 41 30 

" D. Goss, 3 55 

" S. F. Littlefield, . . . . 97 41 
" M. Philips, repairs, . . . 4 60 

$146 86 



COAL. 

Paid G. W. Aborn, $ 12 00 

" J. J. Mansfield, . . . . 26 00 

" Benson & Hall, .... 121 00 



$159 00 



PHYSICIANS' SERVICES AND MEDICINE. 

Paid Dr. S. W. Abbott, . . . . $ 69 25 
" " J. D. Mansfield, for medicine, . 64 55 



$133 80 



BURIAL EXPENSES. 

W. Burditt, deceased, (O. Walton, Sext'n) $24 00 
E. Cochran, " " " " 17 00 



$41 00 



SUNDRIES. 

Paid J. H. Eaton, express charges, . . $ 7 05 
" S. Sawyer, pasturing calves, . . 8 00 



Amounts carried forward, $15 05 $2,352 35 



53 



aid 


Amounts brought forward, 
J. G. Morrill, ice, . 


$15 05 $2,352 35 
18 00 


u 

a 


Winship Bros., repairs, . 
B. W. Oliver, apples, 


. 17 

6 


90 
30 


a 


P. P. Hone, grass, . 


27 


90 


tt 


McKenzie, repairs on clock, . 


3 


60 


a 
it 

tt 


P. 0. Box and newspapers, 
Car tickets and expense, 
Burke, harness and repairs, . 


10 

6 

56 


12 
60 
67 


tt 


Cutler Bros., field and garden seeds 


, 5 


56 


a 
a 
tt 


H. L. Haskell, repairs on buildings, 
A. E. Judgkins, " 
Fairbanks, " " 


32 

4 

11 


72 
75 
51 


tt 
tt 


Westgate, " 
Cash to inmates, 


3 


90 
20 


a 
tt 


School books and stationery, 
Parker & Gannett, churn, 


3 

7 


07 
00 


tt 


Bryden, horse treatment, 


5 


00 


a 
a 


J. Blunt, blacksmithing, 
J. Eames, " 


18 
. 17 


87 
42 


a 
a 


J. B. Whitney, " 
J. Cronan, labor, 


6 
. 33 


75 
75 


a 


C. Thomas, " . 


5 


00 


a 


N. M. Eaton, " . 


3 


00 


tt 


D. C. Wright, "... 


4 


50 


a 


H.Oliver, "... 


. 25 


80 


a 


H. Lewis, "... 


. 12 


50 


a 


B. W. Oliver, "... 


. 18 


00 


n 


A. Young, " . 


6 25 


a 


Mrs. Brenan, " . 


1 


00 


a 


Joseph Tuttle, keeper for year endi 
April 1, 1879, . 


n g 
. 350 


00 

$74.8 fiQ 




STOCK. 




<Jp 1 to Vjij 


'aid 


R. B. Wright, horse, 
John Goodwin, pigs, 


. $175 00 

. 30 00 


a 


Sundries, .... 


3 


00 

&90K 00 






qp£\JO \J\J 



Total expense at Almshouse, 



$3,309 04 



54 



Total expense at Almshouse, brought forward, $3,309 04 

RECEIPTS. 

Received of Miss A. M, Hammond, board, $ 99 00 

Miss M. H. Rollins, " 12 00 

Mr. Joseph Hawkes, " 90 00 

from sale of stock, . . 46 00 

Mrs. Leggett, milk, . . 25 67 

Mr. Palmer, " . . 33 00 

A. G. Sweetser, " . . 10 00 

J. Morton, " . . 10 72 

W. D. Deadman, veal, . 11 16 

peas, . 6 37 

" " cabbages, . 7 13 

" pork, . 31 38 

D. G. Walton,milk & produce, 62 95 

pasturing horse, 6 00 

H. Oliver, hay, . . . 24 80 

use of horse, . . . 1 00 

Sundries, . . . . 7 05 



Total 


receipt! 
the air 


s, . $484 


Net expense at 


ashouse, $2,824 


EXPENSES AWAY FROM THE ALMSHOUSE. 


Supplies to G. M. Ardell, 


. 


. $38 80 


M. Bladden, 


. 


. 13 00 


C. Bowman, 


. 


6 00 


M. Branstield, 


. 


5 25 


J. Burditt, 


. 


. 14 50 


C. C. L. Butler, 


, 


. 73 93 


E. Cochran, . 


. 


4 50 


M. Connell, . 


. 


6 00 


Peter Connell, 


. 


. 27 40 


Mrs. W. W. Courtney, 


. 10 50 


L. Denehey, . 


. 


5 50 


B. Derby, 


. 


. 108 43 


J. Develin, . 


. 


. 22 50 


Patrick Devine, 


. . 


6 00 


M. Donnahoe, 


• 


. 14 63 



Amount carried forward, 



$356 94 



DO 



Amount brought forward, 


$356 94 


Supplies to Mrs. W. Feehen . 


. 42 97 


John Foley's boys, 


. 112 00 


Patrick Hennessey, 


5 00 


Michael Hurley, 


. 25 00 


Rachel Johnson, . 


. 40 45 


Geo. Junkins, 


. 15 65 


Jane Kelley, 


. 42 90 


M. F. Leslie, 


4 00 


J. W. Madden, . 


11 50 


Samuel Mayo, 


. 20 50 


James McMahan, . 


. 27 00 


Dennis O'Connell, 


. 11 25 


Wm. O'Neil, 


. 75 90 


Daniel Shannahan, 


. 16 50 


S. Smith, 


3 00 


Wm. Sweeney, 


. 18 75 


Walter Tuttle's boy, . 


17 00 


Edward Welch, 


24 12 


Porter Weston, 


110 00 


Geo. W. Wilder, . 


. 106 30 


Sundries, 


3 25 



Total, 

MEDICAL ATTENDANCE. 

Paid Dr. C. Jordan, .... 

" J. R. Mansfield, .... 
" S. W. Abbott, .... 
for Patrick Welch, at Lowell, . 



For Mary E. Adams, 
J. O. Boswell, 
Lucilla Dinsmore, 
Hannah C. Flynn 
John Kelley, 
Mary E. Osborne, 
Nelson Sweetser, 



$26 00 
16 30 
44 50 
32 85 



INSANE ASYLUM. 




at Taunton, 


$97 90 


" Worcester, 


198 02 


" Danvers, 


3 00 


C( u 


. 94 85 


a a 


5 50 


" Worcester, 


182 97 


a u 


212 06 



$1,089 98 



$119 65 



$794 30 



Amount carried forward, 



$2,003 93 



56 



Amount brought forward. 



82,003 93 



EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY, BOSTON. 

Etta Slocomb, $101 65 

HOUSE OF CORRECTION. 

John Kelley, 4 29 

W. H. Manning, . . . . 8 56 

$12 85 

REFORM SCHOOL. 

Thomas O'Conners, Westborough, . . . $39 00 

BURIAL EXPENSES. 

R. Johnson, deceased, O. Walton, Sext'n $21 50 
J. H. Morrison, " W. G. Skinner, " 8 00 



$29 50 



RELIEF FOR PERSONS OUT OF TOWN WHO HAVE 
A SETTLEMENT IN WAKEFIELL. 

Moses Barnes, ISTorthbridge, 
Theresa Blakely, Boston, . 
Mrs. Mary Cullen, Lawrence, . 
P. Farrington, Winchester, 
William Flynn, Woburn, . 
Mrs. R. T. Foster, board of child, 
" M. J. Leathe, Stoneham, . 
Walter Linwood, Marblehead, 
Thomas Manning, Haverhill, 
Mrs. M. Nichols, Boston, . 
" A. E. Oliver, Reading, 
" J. Resterick, Gharlestown, 
" A. M. Spencer, Boston, 
Patrick Welch, Lowell, 





. $17 00 




. 16 75 




. 49 80 




. 27 73 




2 63 




. 22 00 




35 40 




. 19 50 




15 20 




2 00 




120 00 




51 00 




1 35 




47 00 



$427 36 



RELIEF OF PERSONS RESIDING IN THIS TOWN, WHO 
HAVE A SETTLEMENT IN OTHER PLACES. 

W. H. Bachelder, Salem . . . $3 50 

J. Cunningham, Stoneham, . . 20 00 

B. Freeby, State, . . . . 55 50 

Mrs. J. Haggerty, State, . . . . 28 00 



Amounts carried forward, 



$107 00 $2,614 29 



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Amounts brought forward, 
J. T. B. Hall, Saugus, 
J. B. Mertins, State, 
Thomas Mitchell, " 
J. M. Morrison, " 

Mrs. Mary Reagan, " 

R. S. Reynolds, 
Miss Hannah M. Rollins, Andover 
Mrs. R. L. Stickney, Lexington, 
" Mrs. H. Thompson, State, 



MISCELLANEOUS. 

Expense of Printing, . . .' 
" Tramps, t 

" J. Connell, as overseer, 
" " C. N. White, as overseer, 

Total expense away from almshouse, 

RECEIPTS. 

Received from the State, Mrs. M. Connell, $2 00 
" " James Develin, 2 00 

" Saugus, J. T. B. Hall, . 5 25 
of V. H. Osborne, M. E. Osborne, 91 44 



$107 00 


$2,614 29 


5 25 




17 00 




13 85 




16 00 




1 75 




16 00 




22 00 




3 75 




2 00 






$204 60 


$8 25 


7 50 




1 88 




36 37 






$54 00 






$2,872 89 



Total receipts, 
Net expense away from almshouse, 



$100 69 

$2,772 20 



Recapitulation. 
The overseers have received from former 
Board, ...... 

The overseers have received from the City 
of Salem, for W. H. Batchelder, (last 
year's account,) .... 

Received from State, for C. H. Carson, 

(last year's account,) 
Rec'd from State for M. Connell, 
" " J. Develin, 
" " Benj. Freeby, 



$12 39 



8 00 



. 


1 75 


f7-8, 


1 50 


a 


13 05 


a 


11 25 



Amount carried forward, 



$47 94 



8 



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Amount brought foricard, $47 94 

Rec'd from Saugus for J. T. B. Hall, 1877-8, 21 90 



State, for Frank Pendle, " 
" " Mary Reagan, " 
" " John Spenser, " 
Boston, for J. Swintson, " 
Hanover, " G. O. Samson, " 
Orleans, " R. A. Sloan, " 
State, " H. Thompson, " 
Town Treasurer, . 



4 00 

22 72 

8 50 

7 00 

55 71 

10 00 

6 00 

$5,500 00 



$5,683 77 



~N"et expense at the almshouse, $2,824 81 

" " away from almshouse, $2,772 20 





overseers, 


qpw,<^l l/X 


Cash balance in hands of 


$86 76 


Whole number of inmates, 




20 


Average " " 




16 


Present " " 




12 


Tramps relieved this year, 


1,020 


Estimated expense of tramps, 


. $357 00 


THEEE IS NOW DUE FEOM THE 


STATE AND TOWNS 


"or G. M. Ardell, State, . 


. $38 


80 


" W. H. Batchelder, Salem, 


3 


50 


" Mrs. M. Connell, State, 


4 


00 


" W. W. Courtney, " 


. 10 


00 


" J. Cunningham, Stoneham, 


. 20 


00 


" James Develin, State, 


. 26 


80 


" Benj. Freeby, " 


. 50 


00 


" John Mertins, " 


. 17 


00 


" T. Mitchell, 


. 17 


85 


" J. H. Morrison, Somerville, 


8 


00 


" J. M. Morrison, " 


. 16 


00 


" Mary Reagan, " 


1 


75 


" R. S. Reynolds, 


. 16 


00 


" Miss M. H. Rollins, Andover, . 


. 22 


00 


" Mrs. R. L. Stickney, Lexington, 


3 


75 



Amount carried foricard, 



$255 45 



$255 


45 


2 


00 


2 


50 


28 


00 



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Amount brought forward, 
For Mrs. H. Thompson, State, 
" N. C. Hunter, No. Reading, 
" John Haggerty, State, 

Total, . . $287 95 

Unpaid bills against the town March 1, 1879, about $125 00 

INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY AT THE ALMSHOUSE. 

Stock, $516 00 

Hay, 231 50 

Grain, 16 30 

Carriages and farming tools, . . 609 00 
Provisions, ..... 127 50 

Miscellaneous, ..."".. 261 75 

Total, . . $1,762 05 

Note.— The item on page 53 of this report for " School Books and Station- 
ery " should be $13.07, instead of $3.07, as there stated. 

In conclusion, accounts with other towns, of business trans- 
acted since January 1st, and not rendered in the foregoing 
statement, show a balance in our favor of $165.00, which added 
to the balance in the Overseers' hands, $86.76, gives a total of 
$251.76. 

During the past year there have been three deaths at the 
almshouse, all of aged persons, whose attendance gave rise to 
large expense. 

The overseers have in charge, at present, thirteen persons 
who are inmates of the Lunatic Asylums of the State. Six of 
these only are at the expense of the town, the remaining 
seven being provided for by other towns of the Common- 
wealth, or by private individuals. 

The number of persons requiring help away from the alms- 
house has been largely in excess of previous years, and many 
have applied for aid the present year for the first time. Of 
this class some are able and willing to work, could they ob- 
tain employment. 

On the other hand, it is gratifying to note that the num- 
ber of tramps provided with lodgings, has decreased from 



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that of last year. Your overseers would again urge the^ con- 
sideration of requiring these vagrants to work for their lodg- 
ing. In many towns the Road Commissioners are empowered 
to utilize this labor upon the highways. 

In the absence of Road Commissioners in this town, we 
would suggest that the Highway Surveyor at the Centre, be 
instructed to try the experiment. Some more feasible plan 
may, perhaps, be proposed; but at any rate, we would recom- 
mend immediate action of some kind in the matter. 

Respectfully submitted, t 

(Signed) CYRUS K WHITE, ) n , ' 

* g JOSEPH CONNELL, L /w v fi n 

S. F. LITTLEFIELD. \ town of Wakefield. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN. 



The Selectmen herewith submit, for the inspection and 
information of the citizens, their annual report with 
reference to various matters not included in the financial 
details which are furnished in the accompanying statement of 
the Auditors. 

NEW STREETS. 

Murray Street, running northerly from Gould Street to 
West Chestnut Street, has been graded and improved, under 
the direction of Cyrus Kimball, surveyor, at a cost of two 
hundred and seven t 3 q 3 ^ dollars, — the sum authorized by the 
town for that purpose, being two hundred dollars. 

Spaulding Street, running westerly from Lake Avenue to 
Lake Quannapowitt, has been constructed under the direction 
of Mr. Levi Flanders, at a cost of one hundred and thirty y 7 ^ 
dollars, — the sum authorized by the town for that purpose, 
being one hundred and fifty dollars. 

The sum of two hundred and two T 9 oV dollars has been ex- 
pended for repairs upon New Salem Street, under the di- 
rection of the highway surveyor of that district; the sum au- 
thorized by the town being two hundred dollars. 

PARK EXTENSION. 

The sum of five hundred dollars, authorized by the town to 
be there expended, has been so expended under the immediate 
direction of the surveyor for the Centre District; the persons 
employed in the work having been selected from the unem- 
ployed class of laborers by the Selectmen, the same individu- 
als being employed for a single week, thus giving aid to the 
largest possible number. 

The considerable extent of territory there remaining un- 
improved seems to demand such additional annual ap- 
propriations as the town may feel able to sanction for that 
object, in order that its apparent future possibilities of beauty 
and symmetry may be eventually reached and enjoyed. 



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GUIDE BOARDS. 

During the year posts have been erected and signs placed 
thereon at various points where new streets have been con- 
structed, as well as at the entrances to several private ways; 
and similar signs throughout the town are generally in good 
condition, as far as we are informed, and we know of no 
others at present required. 

MILITARY AID. 

Under the provisions of Chapter 282, of the Acts of the 
year 1878, entitled, " An Act to provide additional pay to poor 
and indigent soldiers and sailors," the Selectmen have paid 
the sum of $1,317.98; the amounts paid to each person 
being given by the Auditors. 

The above Act, imperfect in its construction, expensive to 
the Commonwealth, and signally failing to accomplish the pur- 
pose for which it was designed, having been repealed on the 
22d day of January, 1879, all payments under its provisions 
ceased with that date; and the said sum of $1,317.98, is now 
due to the town from the State. 

PERAMBULATION OF TOWN LINES, 

During the year, the lines between the towns of Melrose 
and Lynnfield and Wakefield, have been perambulated in ac- 
cordance with law by a majority of the Selectmen of the re- 
spective towns. 

The bound-posts and monuments were found in their proper 
positions, and in good condition, and certificates of said per- 
ambulations, jointly signed by the several Selectmen, have 
been furnished the clerks of the respective towns for record. 

LODGING HOUSE APPROPRIATION. 

The appropriation of three hundred dollars, authorized by 
the town at its last annual meeting, to be expended in pro- 
viding lodgings for "tramps," has not been so expended, but 
has been, by vote of the town at a recent meeting, transferred 
to the payment of sundry miscellaneous expenses. 

That sum was not deemed sufficient to procure a separate 
building for the purpose, and the proposition to finish a room 
in the basement of the Town House, was rejected, for the rea- 
son that its construction would increase the rate of insurance 



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to such an extent as to render the project, in our judgment, 
unadvisable. 

TOAVN HALL. 

It has been suggested that the acoustic properties of our 
Hall might be materially and at small expense improved, by 
the erection of a screen in rear of the speaker's desk, and so 
arranged, opening in the centre, as to conveniently fold back 
upon the wall on both sides of the proscenium, when the full 
extent of the platform is required for concerts or other enter- 
tainments. 

It is supposed that such an arrangement would effectually 
prevent the echo, which now perceptibly, and quite un- 
pleasantly, reaches the ears of listeners in certain portions of 
the Hall. 

The reasonableness of the suggestion, together with the fact 
that a new Hall, recently dedicated in a town not distant, has 
been supplied with a similar screen for a like purpose, would 
seem to warrant a small expenditure in order to test the ex- 
periment. 

TOWN HISTORY. 

During the year we have to record the sale of twelve copies, 
and the sum of twelve dollars thus received has been paid to 
the Town Treasurer. 

There are eighteen copies now on hand. 

APPROPRIATIONS. 

It is customary for the town, at each annual meeting, to 
authorize certain specified sums to be expended during the 
year in the various departments, and the sum total of these 
several appropriations is the basis upon which the Assessors 
apportion the taxation for that year. 

Under the working of the present system it is observable 
that the amount of money, annually collected, invariably 
falls short of the amount appropriated; and, although the Se- 
lectmen may be able to explain the manner in which this de- 
ficiency occurs, they are unable to correct it. 

The following statement of the figures for a single year — 
the year 1875 — will show how the system works: 

Total town appropriations, . . $51,383 04 

State tax, 4,580 00 

County tax, 2,938 20 

$58,901 24 



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Amount assessed in 1875, . . $59,087 08 
Amount received as interest, 1875, 998 54 

$60,085 62 

Amount discounted, . . . $1,831 58 
Amount abated, .... 2,054 43 

$3,886 01 



$56,199 51 



It will be noticed that, exclusive of the sum received by the 
Collector as interest, the amount collected on tax list of 1875, 
fell short of the total appropriations nearly three thousand 
dollars; and it is presumed that the figures for any year 
would exhibit a similar deficiency. 

It is respectfully suggested that this annual deficiency may 
be easily provided for, if the town will annually raise and ap- 
propriate a specified sum for this purpose; such sum to be in- 
cluded, in like manner with other town appropriations, by the 
Assessors in making up the annual rate of taxation. 

LICENSES. 

During the year the Selectmen have issued, under the Act 
of 1875, as amended by Act of 1878, Apothecaries' licenses, 
Class 6, to B. W. Conant, Jos. D. Mansfield and W. H. Piper. 

Under the Act of 1875, second and third class licenses for 
the sale of malt liquors, cider, and light wines, were granted to 
W. O. Evans, S. H. Nickerson, Michael Foley, Aaron Butler, 
Geo. Cox, and Patrick Kenney; and the license fees, amount- 
ing to three hundred and three dollars, were paid into the 
town treasury.* 

In consequence of non-conformity with the provisions of the 
Act, the license of the person last named was revoked by the 
Selectmen. 

Geo. Cox, Michael Foley, and S. H. Mckerson, have been 
licensed as common victuallers. 

They have licensed the keeping of billiard saloons by Wm. 
O. Evans and Solomon H. Nickerson. 

William G. Skinner, C. H. Davis, C. F. Hartshorne, and 
Daniel Norcross, have been licensed as auctioneers. 



* One fourth of this amount was paid by the Treasurer to the 
Treasurer of the Commonwealth, leaving the sum of $227.25. 



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THE C. WAKEFIELD ENGINE COMPANY'S APPROPRIATION. 

The six hundred and fifty dollars, which was authorized to be 
paid to the members of said Company, by vote of the town, 
at a meeting h olden on the third day of June, 1878, is still un- 
expended; an injunction issued by the Supreme Judicial Court 
of the Commonwealth, in accordance with the petition of 
William S. Greenough, and other prominent citizens, having, 
up to this date, prevented its disbursement. 

It is believed that all material facts in the case have been 
fully presented to the Court, whose decision as to the right of 
the town to pass said vote, — apparently long delayed, — may be 
soon confidently expected. 

It will be observed that the disbursements by the Select- 
men, have not exceeded the limit of expenditure fixed by the 
town at its last annual meeting, with the exception only of the 
additional sum expended on account of support of the poor, 
— which excess was authorized by the town at a recent date. 
And the authorized amounts in the several departments - 
have proved equal to the demand upon them, save in a single 
instance. 

The winter storms have caused considerable extra labor 
and expense, in removing the snow from streets and walks, 
and there are unpaid bills of this character in the hands of 
the Selectmen, amounting, in round numbers, to two hundred 
and fifty dollars, ($250.) 

For the payment of these bills the town should make pro- 
vision, in addition to the sum that may be deemed necessary 
for use during the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) JAMES OLIVER, ) Selectmen 

JOHN S. EATON, [ of 

BUCHANAN B. BURBANK, ) Wakefield 



Wakefield, March 10th, 1879. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT. 



The following is the valuation of Estates, Real and Per- 
sonal, taxed in this town May 1st, 1878: 

Real Estate, .... 83,037,815 00 
Personal Estate, . . . 715,606 00 

83,753,421 00 

Residents' bank stock, (National Bank of 

So. Reading,) 846,230 00 



Total valuation, . . . 83,799,651 00 

Whole number of Polls, 1,263. 

Tax on each, $2.00, amounting to, . . 82,526 00 
Rate of taxation, 812.00 per 81,000. 
Total amount assessed, including residents' bank 

stock, and overlay, 848,568 50 

Whole number of Dwelling Houses taxed, 1,048 
" " " Horses " 229 
" " " Cows " 191 
" Acres '.' 3,919| 
Value of Real Estate and Machinery of Corpo- 
rations, . 8394,925 00 

Value of Real Estate exempted by law from tax- 
ation, 8145,500 00 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) JAMES OLIVER, ) Assessors 

JOHN S. EATON, [ of 
JOHN PURINGTON, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 8, 1879. 



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i 

ENGINEERS' REPORT. 



We herewith submit our report for the year ending March 
1st, 1879. 

The Department at present consists of a Board of three 
Engineers, and eighty men appointed to the several Companies 
as follows: 

Yale Engine Co. No. 1, fifty men; Chemical Engine Co. 
No. 1, eleven men; Washington Hook and Ladder Co., No. 1 ? 
nineteen men. 

The apparatus of the several Companies are all in good con- 
dition. 

The following is a list of fires and alarms for the year end- 
ing March 1, 1879: 

March 17, 1878. John H. Johnson's dwelling house on 
Wiley Place, loss $787. 

April 18, 1878. Patrick Reagan's dwelling house on Vernon 
Street, loss $150. 

July 8, 1878. Fire on land of C. Wakefield. 

July 28, 1878. Everett Hart's shed, on Emerald Street, 
loss $20. 

Aug. 13, 1878. William Conway's hay stack, on Emerson 
Street, loss $70. 

Aug. 22, 1878. Henry Walley's dwelling house, on Lowell 
Street, loss $750. 

Sept. 7, 1878. Alexander Sproule's dwelling house, on Em- 
erson Street, loss $175. 

Oct. 4, 1878. Washingtonian Home, on Main Street, owned 
by the Warren Institution of Savings, loss $4,000. 

Nov. 5, 1878. False alarm. 

Dec. 7, 1878. Byron A. Osgood's Factory, loss $750. 

Dec. 26, 1878. Mrs. Ellen Moran's dwelling house, on 
Water Street, loss $135. 



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Following is the expenses of the Departments for the year 
ending March 1, 1879: 

Yale Engine Co. No. 1, ... $1,058 03 

Washington Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, 552 90 
Chemical Engine Co. No. 1, . . . 331 60 
Miscellaneous Expenses, ... 81 10 



$2,023 63 

The Board of Engineers would take this opportunity to 
thank the members of each of the Companies for the prompt- 
ness and the interest they have taken in the welfare of the 
Department. 

Also to thank the members of the Volunteer Fountain 
Engine Company, for the valuable service rendered at fires 
the past year. 

We wish to call the attention of the town to the necessity 
of providing in some way for an increased water supply for 
the extinguishment of fires near the corner of Chestnut and 
Emerson Streets. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) CHARLES H. DAVIS, ) Engineers 
S. F. LITTLEFIELD, [ of the 
I. A. PARSONS, ) Fire Department. 



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POLICE REPORT. 



For the Year Ending Mch. 1, 


1879. 






Whole number of arrests, .... 


57 


For assault and battery, .... 
" adultery, ..... 
" assault upon an officer, .... 






12 

1 
1 


" allowing minors in bowling alley, . 

" breaking and entering, .' 

" carrying concealed weapon, 

" cruelty to animals, 

" fornication, ..... 




■ X 


2 
2 
1 
1 

1 


" drunkenness, ..... 






7 


" disturbing the peace, 

" larceny, ...... 

" keeping liquor nuisance, 
" malicious mischief, 






8 
6 
7 
1 


" obtaining goods under false pretenses 






1 


" setting fires, .... 
" vagrants, ..... 






3 
3 



Thirty one tramps have been furnished with lodgings by 
the police during the year. 



The expenses for the year, ending March 1, 1879, are as 

follows: 

Charles H. Davis, 
Fred G. Coker, .... 
R. L. Cooper, .... 
I. A. Parsons, .... 



$35 


00 


38 


25 


5 


25 


23 


50 



Amount carried forward, 



$102 00 



70 



Amount brought forward, 


8102 00 


John Drugan, 


25 30 


Henry W. Eustis, 


37 60 


Timothy Reagan, 


16 50 


John H. Eaton, . 


7 00 


John F. Alexander, 


7 00 


Special Police, 


42 00 



$237 30 
Respectfully submitted, 
(Signed) 

CHARLES H. DAYIS, Chief of Police. 



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FISH COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 



In presenting our third annual report we desire to 
extend to Mr. James H. Carter our sincere thanks, for the 
valuable assistance he has rendered us, gratuitously, in the 
discharge of our duties. 

We have placed in the lake during the past year, six thou- 
sand Land Locked Salmon fry, two hundred and fifteen Ale- 
wives, and a, small lot of fresh water Smelts, making a total 
that have been placed in the lake and river during the past 
three years, of twenty-two thousand California Salmon fry, 
twelve thousand Land Locked Salmon fry, two hundred and 
fifty nine Black Bass, about four hundred and fifty Alewives, 
and a small lot of fresh water Smelts. We intended to secure 
a much larger number of this last variety, but as the season 
was remarkably forward, and having no one on the spot to in- 
form us when they were running, we acted upon the best in- 
formation we could obtain, and arrived at the lake in New 
Hampshire two days too late to obtain many of them, but we 
have made arrangements with a reliable party living on the shore 
of the lake, to inform us as soon as they begin running, so that 
if it is desired to obtain a supply of them this spring, there is 
no possibility of failure. The only time that they can be ob- 
tained in any quantity, is about the first of May, when they 
run up from the deep water to spawn, and if taken in season, 
there is no trouble in obtaining any desired quantity of them. 

They are a very desirable fish to place in a lake stocked 
with Bass and Pickerel, as they breed fast and furnish an 
abundance of food for these larger varieties, which will thereby 
increase faster in numbers and in size. It is a well-known 
fact that large fish will eat small ones, and it will be readily 
seen, that, if there is an abundance of this variety for them to 
feed upon, that the chances are, that the young of the larger 



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varieties will thereby escape destruction; that ponds in other 
places that have recently been opened for fishing, are not 
turning out as expected, is, in our opinion, due to the fact 
that, when they were stocked with Black Bass, they were not 
also stocked with a variety that would serve as a food supply 
for them, and for want of that supply they have preyed upon 
the young of the varieties that were already in the pond, and 
upon their own young. Now if the young ones are thus killed 
off, and the larger ones are caught out as soon as the pond is 
opened, it is only a question of time when the fishing will be 
even poorer than it was before the pond was closed. 

We are glad to be able to report that we have heard of no 
case of illegal fishing in Lake Quannapowitt during the past 
year, and trust there will be none during the remaining two 
years for which it is closed. During the past winter we have 
heard rumors to the effect that there was an effort being 
made to have the lake opened for fishing during the coming 
season, and before the time agreed upon in the lease had ex- 
pired. We are at a loss to understand the cause of this ru- 
mored impatience, and trust there is no truth in them. The 
town knew what they were doing when they voted to take 
the lease, and they were also informed upon the only terms 
the lease could be obtained; and, aside from that agreement, 
it would be the greatest piece of folly imaginable to throw 
it open for fishing at the present time. The Bass that were 
placed in the lake in 1877, have had only one spawning sea- 
son since, and are the only Bass of any size in the lake 
at the present time. Those that were born in the lake will 
none of them weigh over one-fourth of a pound, and they 
have never spawned, nor will they, until they are 
three years old. Now if it is desired to spoil the 
work of the past few years, in a single season, throwing the 
lake open at the present time will surely accomplish it. 

The Bass which have been placed in the lake have been 
frequently seen, and to all appearances, are doing well. The 
Land Locked and California Salmon have not, to our knowl- 
edge, been seen. The Alewives have done remarkably well. 
The young from the two hundred and fifteen placed in the 
lake in May and June last, were constantly passing down 
through the fishways on the river, for about ten days in Sep- 
tember and October last. As they do not return until they 



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are three years old, it will be necessary, in order to keep up a 
supply of them each year in the future, to place another lot 
of them in the lake this year. We have taken the liberty of 
presenting the following extracts from a letter upon this sub- 
ject, addressed to the Commissioners on Inland Fisheries, and 
printed in their last annual report. 

"In May, 1872, the four towns, Bridgewater, East Bridge- 
water, West Bridgewater, and Halifax, Plymouth County, be- 
gan the work of stocking their ponds and rivers with Ale- 
wives. These were taken alive and transported in tanks to 
the different ponds. This process was repeated in 1873, and 
again in 1874, making three successive years. 

" The w r hole experiment was looked upon by the people with 
distrust, and by some with absolute disfavor, though the 
several towns willingly made all needed appropriations; and 
the owners of dams, though subjected to considerable expense, 
complied w T ith the statute with a promptness and willingness 
that entitle them to great credit. 

"It was announced that the Alewives bred in the year 1872 
would return full-grown in 1875, but there were few who be- 
lieved it, and, accordingly, in the spring of the latter year, 
the streams and ways were carefully watched by many in- 
credulous eyes. 

" The season was a little late and cold: but before the end 
of May, the Alewives, in considerable numbers, appeared at 
the foot of Paper Mill dam, and, in the course of a few days, 
at all the other dams, making a successful passage over every 
way into the ponds where they were respectively bred, the 
two schools apparently parting at the junction of the Town 
and Satucket rivers, with the precision of a well-disciplined 
army, though a few stragglers were found in nearly all of the 
tributaries. 

"The run has gradually increased each year since; and last 
spring, (1878,) being the first time that the towns have fished 
since the year 1818, about 15,000 fine, large Alewives were 
seined at the Paper Mill, the common fishing-ground agreed up- 
on by the four towns. A much larger number would have been 
taken, had it not been for the lateness when the fishing com- 
menced, and the failure to suitably supply the bed of the 
river for seining. 

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" None of the other fish have yet been discovered in our 
rivers, though the fishermen on the lower water of the Taun- 
ton have, since 1876, reaped a larger harvest of both ^Shad 
and Alewives — the result of our sowing, and that of the peo- 
ple of Middleborough — than in many years previously. 

" The establishment of the fishways has increased the num- 
ber of all the common fresh-water fish in our ponds and 
rivers, especially the white perch, which have come in large 
numbers with the herrings, and among them, also, trout and 
Black Bass. The trout and Bass pass the ways just as suc- 
cessfully as the Alewives, and of the former several have 
been taken since 1872, of one and two pounds in weight. 

"It is confidently believed, and the result of the experiment 
thus far justifies such belief, that not only will our ancient and 
valuable Alewife -fisheries be fully restored, but that of the 
Shad also, provided the laws are strictly enforced with 
reference to the lower waters of the Taunton, where there has 
always been much excessive and illegal fishing, and where the 
fishermen claim to believe, that, no matter how many fish they 
capture, there are just as many left in the stream as though 
they had not taken any; in other words, 99 from 100 leaves 
100, and not 1." 

The dams on the Saugus River, with the exception of the 
one in No. Saugus, are now provided with fishways; the 
owner of that dam has, however, agreed to hoist the gates 
during the time the fish are usually running, but for fear that 
he would forget to hoist them at the proper time, we pro- 
cured from the State Commissioners, an order, directing him 
to build a fish way in accordance with plans furnished, or give 
the fish the natural channel of the river during the months of 
April, May, June, August, and September, in each year, until 
further notice. This order was served on him by the proper 
officer, so that should he in the future neglect to hoist them 
during those months, he lays himself liable to prosecution and 
fine. 

In April next there will probably be another lot of Land 
Locked Salmon for this town, at the state hatching house, in 
Winchester. We also think it desirable to make another 
effort to secure a stock of fresh water Smelts. As we have 
already stated, it will be necessary to place another lot of 
Alewives in the lake this spring. We expect that during the 



75 

coming season it will be possible to secure a stock of Shad 
for the river. During the past two years the State have 
hatched none, so that it has been impossible for us to obtain 
any; but we understand that they intend hatching some this 
summer, and if they do, we shall probably be among the first 
to receive any, as we have been twice disappointed. 

As we have a small balance on hand from last year, an ap- 
propriation of fifty dollars will probably be sufficient for 
stocking the river and lake as here suggested, and for the 
necessary expenses of this Committee during the ensuing year. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) C. P. POLAND, 

OSCAR I. STOWELL, J- Fish Committee. 
THOMAS GOULD, 



76 



REPORT 



OF 



APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. 



Wakefield, Mass., March 15th, 1879. 

The Committee chosen by the town, at a meeting held Feb. 
24, 1879, and instructed to recommend certain sums to be 
raised and appropriated at the next annual town meeting, 
would respectfully recommend appropriations as follows, viz: — 



For 



Payment of Town Debt, . 

Interest upon Town Debt, 

Support of Schools, 

School Contingent Expenses, 

Poor Department, 

Repairs of Highways and Bridges, 

Expense of Street Lamps, 

Town House Expenses, . 

Beebe Town Library, the funds now in the 
hands of the Town Treasurer, from dog tax, 
and ........ 

Miscellaneous Expenses, . 

Fire Department, ...... 

Salaries of Town Officers, . 

Total, 



$5,000 00 


6,000 


00 


10,500 


00 


1,000 


00 


5,000 


00 


3,500 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


225 


00 


1,500 


00 


2,000 


00 


2,125 


00 



$38,850 00 



We would recommend that the compensation of Engine- 
men for the year commencing May 1, 1879, be fixed at twelve 
dollars ($12.00) and a sum equal to the poll tax. 



77 

We would recommend that the appropriation for Salaries 
of Town Officers be divided as follows, viz.: 

For Treasurer, 150 00 

" Town Clerk, 100 00 

" Board of Selectmen, 400 00 

" Assessors, 350 00 

" Overseers of the Poor, . . . 150 00 

" School Committee, .... 200 00 

" Fire Engineers,. . . . . 75 00 

" Auditors, 100 00 

" Tax Collector, for collecting Tax Warrant of 1879, 400 00 

" Constable and Police services, . . . 300 00 



Total, .... $2,125 00 

And we would also recommend that the salaries, or bills 
for services of all other town officers, be paid from the appro- 
priation for " Miscellaneous Expenses." 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) WM. S. GREENOUGH, 
THOMAS WINSHIP, 
JOHN PURINGTON, 
B W. OLIVER, 
WM. F. YOUNG, 
ISSACHAR STOWELL, 
J. J. MANSFIELD, 
L. B. EATON, 
JOSEPH CONNELL, 
WILLIAM H. ATWELL, 
CHAS. F. RICHARDSON, 
LUCIUS BEEBE, 
S. O. RICHARDSON, 
% T. E. BALCH, 

JAMES F. EMERSON. 



STATISTICS 



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59 years. 

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$301 20 
(Signed) 

CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE, Town Clerk. 



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REPORT 



OF 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 



ANCIENT LAWS. 



For as much as the good Education of Children is of Singular 
behoofe and benefit to any Commonwealth, and whereas 
L ™nVi f 4tk 42 ' many parents and Masters are too indulgent and neg- 
ligent of their duty in that kind; — 

"It is Ordered, that the chosen men for managing the Pru- 
dentials of every Town, in the several Precincts and quarters 
where they dwell, shall have a vigilant eye over their neigh- 
bors, to see, First that none of them shall suffer so much Bar- 
barism in any of their families, as not to endeavor to teach, by 
themselves or others, their Children and Apprentices, so much 
learning as may enable them to read perfectly the English 
tongue, and a knowledge of the Capital Laws, upon penalty 
of twenty shillings for each neglect therein." 

"It being one chiefe project of that ould deluder, Sathan, to 
55! 2,^2(^Nol!'ii, 1647. keep men from the knowledge of the Scrip- 
tures, as in former times by keeping them in an unknowne 
tongue, so in these latter times by persuading from the use of 
tongues, that so at least the true sence and meaning of the 
originall might be clouded by false glosses of saint seeming 
deceivers, that learning may not be buried in the grave of our 
fathers in the church and Commonwealth, the Lord assisting 
our endeavors. 

" It is therefore ordered, that every township in this juris- 
diction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of 
50 householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their 
towne to teach all children as shall resort to him to write and 



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read, whose wages shall be paid either by the parents or mas- 
ters of such children, or by the inhabitants in generall, by 
way of supply, as the major part of those that order the 
prudentials of the towne shall appoint; provided those that 
send their children be not oppressed by paying much more 
than they can have them taught in other townes; — And it is 
further ordered that where any towne shall increase to the 
number of 100 families or householders they shall set up a 
grammar schoole, the master thereof being able to instruct 
youth so farr as they may be fited for the university; provided 
that if any towne neglect the performance hereof above one 
yeare, every such towne shall pay 5 s to the next schoole till 
they shall perform this order." 

CONSTITUTION OF MASSACHUSETTS. 

PROVISIONS RELATING TO SCHOOLS. 

[Chap. 5, Sect. 2.] 

" Wisdom, and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused gen- 
erally among the body of the people, being neces- D ut y of legislature 

j, _ . f. , . . -. -iTi and magistrates in 

sary tor the preservation or their rights and liber- a u future periods, 
ties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and 
advantages of education in the various parts of the country, 
and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the 
duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of 
this Commonwealth, to cherish the interests of literature and 
the sciences, and all seminaries of them; especially the 
university at Cambridge, public schools and grammar schools 
in the towns; to encourage private societies and public insti- 
tutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agri- 
culture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a 
natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate 
the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public 
and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and 
punctuality in their dealings; sincerity, good humor, and all 
sociaFaffections, and generous sentiments among the people." 

All over the country within a few years has been developed 
an opposition to the American system of public education, and 
Massachusetts has not escaped its influence. We have quoted 
the provision of the Constitution on which the public school 



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system of this Commonwealth rests, and the ancient laws en- 
acted by our forefathers, out of which grew that provision, in 
order that we may keep in mind the reason of it as there ex- 
pressed, and the underlying principles which animated the 
pioneers in our civilization. As early as 1642, the value to the 
Commonwealth of the good education of children was recog- 
nized in the enactment which we have quoted and the doctrine 
of compulsory education was virtually adopted, and five years 
later in order that " learning may not be buried in the graves 
of our fathers," a school was established in every township of 
fifty householders, in which scholars could be taught to read 
and write, and in townships containing one hundred house- 
holders, a grammar school, in which they could be fitted for. 
the University, and when our Constitution was adopted the 
people said knowledge, as well as wisdom and virtue, diffused 
generally among the body of the people is necessary for the 
preservation of their rights and liberties. From 1642 to 1879, 
Massachusetts has adhered to these principles, and to them 
and her application of them, she is indebted for the position 
which she holds in the forefront of enlightened States. 

The ultimate purpose of this agitation is the complete over- 
throw of public instruction and free schools, and the remission 
of the whole subject of education to the variable whim, 
desire, and pecuniary ability of scholars and parents. 
This is not the open proclamation, for the attack is covert 
and insidious, and is made first upon the High Schools as be- 
ing most open to criticism, and concerning which a public dis- 
satisfaction is more easily awakened; and when once 
awakened, the general unrest of the American mind can be 
counted upon to foster it, and even here in Massachusetts the 
propriety of maintaining High Schools at the expense of the 
government has become debatable ground. 

The first argument is, that a comparatively small number of 
scholars attend the High School, and this is true, but the con- 
stantly increasing numbers of those who do attend, attest the 
growing interest in them and faith in their usefulness. Nearly 
twenty thousand children attended the various High Schools 
in Massachusetts during the past year. 

It is charged that the wealthy obtain the greatest advan- 
tage of these schools. If this were true, of which we have no 
evidence, it would not be particularly unjust, as it is the 



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property holder who pays most of the taxes to support them. 
We have no statistics, and we hardly know where the statis- 
tician would draw the line between the rich and the poor, but 
this we do know, that in our High Schools is found a very 
large per centage of scholars whose parents cannot be counted 
among the wealthy, and who rank among the highest in these 
schools, and who, but for them, would never pass beyond the 
rudiments taught in lower grades. Each year our High 
Schools send out whole classes of young men and women 
trained in intellect and enlarged in comprehension, who are 
ready to enter upon the responsibilities of business, and who 
discharge those responsibilities with far more efficiency and 
success than they would without the training received in these 
schools. The High School is in reality the College of the 
poorer classes, and it is one of the great levelers between 
classes. Here children from all grades meet on a level, and 
the humble is made to feel that the proud is not his superior, 
and the proud is made to know that the humblest is his peer, 
and the poorest is taught the possibilities within him. 

The abolition of the High School would have a direct ten- 
dency to build up classes in society, the rich could educate 
their children in private institutions, while the poor would be 
deprived of all such privileges, and in a very short time would 
appear an educated and ignorant class who would be sub- 
stantially identical with the rich and the poor. Agitation and 
legislation tending to such an end cannot be too strongly dep- 
recated, and should receive the marked condemnation of 
every considerate mind. It has been well said of late that the 
education of the poor is the Plymouth Rock of American 
liberty. 

It is said, too, that while it is good policy for the govern- 
ment to support schools of an inferior grade, it ought not to 
provide the means for more extensive learning. He who 
makes two blades of grass grow where one grew before is a 
blessing to the world. If any good reason can be given why 
the same rule will not apply in the realm of mind, we have 
yet to learn it. If it is a sound policy for the State to supply 
the opportunities for limited education in the inferior grades, 
what valid reason can be adduced why these opportunities 
should not be increased and enlarged? If it is wise to make 
provision for teaching rudimentary knowledge, is it not 



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added wisdom to make similar provision to help the learner 
grapple with the more difficult problems of the exact sci- 
ences, or to master the refinements of English or classi- 
cal literature ? 

The High School is the best incentive and corrective that 
can be found to inferior grades. To it all other schools look for 
precept and example,to its teachers all others look for guidance. 
As the High School is alert and progressive, or lethargic 
and satisfied, so in a great measure are all the other schools. 
It stands at the head, and its influence pervades every school- 
room in its town. Towards that school the eyes of every 
scholar are turned, and as its requirements are high and ex- 
acting, so the efforts to reach it will be uniform and powerful. 

The High School wields a beneficial influence in every com- 
munity where it is situated. It awakens thought, engenders 
discussion, trains the intellect, feeds the mind, cultivates the 
taste, and educates the heart. It promotes " sincerity, good 
humor, and all social affections and generous sentiments 
among the people." Let them then be generously supported 
and vigorously maintained and improved, and he who cov- 
ertly or openly makes attack upon them, be as one treach- 
erous to the best interests of his country and people ! 
After these years of trial, pregnant with glorious success, 
it is too late to undermine the foundations laid by the fathers, 
and destroy the grand structure built by the sons, and let him 
who attempts it be as one who hauls down the flag of his 
nationality! 

At the time of our last annual report we stated there was 
due to teachers about three hundred and fifty dollars, and 
subsequently bills came in for janitors' services, fuel and in- 
cidentals, which increased the real indebtedness to something 
over five hundred dollars. To meet this, and the require- 
ments of the then coming year, the town wisely made the 
generous appropriation of twelve thousand dpllars, and one 
thousand dollars for contingent expenses. 

We have paid for teachers' services, including amount due 
on the salaries of the year before, the sum of ten thousand 
five hundred and one dollars and fourteen cents ($10,501.14); 
for fuel, six hundred thirty-six dollars and twenty-one cents 



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($636.21); for janitors' services, seven hundred and twenty 
dollars and twenty-five cents ($720.25); and for incidental ex- 
penses, including the sum of three hundred and fifty-five dol- 
lars for stoves, twelve hundred and fifty-eight dollars and 
seventy nine cents ($1258.79), making a total expenditure of 
thirteen thousand one hundred and sixteen dollars and thirty- 
nine cents ($13,116.39). We have received from the Mas- 
sachusetts State School Fund, the sum of two hundred and 
fourteen dollars and three cents ($214.03), making the total 
fund at our disposal, thirteen thousand two hundred and four- 
teen dollars and three cents, showing a balance on hand 
of ninety-seven dollars and sixty-four cents, with some small 
bills outstanding. 

As the schools are organized at this time, twenty teachers 
are employed, the aggregate of whose salary per year is 
nine thousand seven hundred and fifty-five dollars, at the 
prices now paid them. The janitors' salaries per year amount 
to seven hundred dollars, and reckoning the same sum for fuel 
the coming year as we have paid this year, six hundred thirty- 
six dollars and twenty-seven cents, it will cost to support the 
schools the ensuing year, aside from incidental expenses, the 
sum of eleven thousand ninety one dollars and twenty-seven 
cents. One thousand dollars will barely pay for the necessary 
repairs upon school houses, school furniture, books, sta- 
tionery, and other various incidentals that are absolutely 
necessary for the proper conduct of the schools. 

Can these sums be reduced? is asked by the town; we an- 
swer that in past years retrenchment has been a subject of 
anxious inquiry on the part of your Committee, and we have 
tried to carry into effect, efforts to reduce expenses. Last 
year we were able to make a notable saving; the present year 
we have decreased expenses to some extent, though not as 
much as we hoped at the commencement of the year. 

The quantity of fuel will be about the same each year; the 
cost will vary with the market. It is with difficulty that 
suitable persons for janitors are obtained at the present 
salary, and to reduce the salary of a single one of the present 
corps of teachers in the town would be a burning disgrace to 
the town. 

We made a reduction at the commencement of the year in 
the salary of nearly every teacher, and as a result, some felt 



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relieved from any obligation to remain longer with us 
than while a better opportunity was afforded them, and we 
lost some of our very best teachers, and to keep some who 
were under no special obligation, we were obliged to raise the 
salary to a larger figure than we could have made per- 
manent engagements for at the commencement of the year, 
while others tempted from us by larger salaries elsewhere, 
felt that, having been in the town's service in its more pros- 
perous days, they ought not now to desert. We fear we can- 
not longer retain the services of our best teachers at a reduced 
salary. Committees and Superintendents in adjoining towns 
have visited their schools, know their worth and are ready to 
hire them, and we do not know how to fill their places for the 
same money that is now paid them. 

We believe the thoughtful intelligence of the town demands 
good schools, and it is a demonstrated impossibility to have 
them without good teachers, teachers who are such by profes- 
sion, who are willing to devote their whole time with untiring- 
energy to their work, teachers who are adapted by nature and 
fitted by training to that work. There are plenty of people 
who are willing to try to teach, and for a small salary, but it 
would be preferable to pay many of them a salary to remain 
at home than to have them in the schools for nothing. Of all 
the bad investments that the town can make, a poor, cheap 
teacher is the worst. Cheapness, as a rule, carries with it the 
element of worthlessness. To hire cheap teachers is a "penny 
wise but pound foolish " policy, " a saving at the spigot and a 
loss at the bung." If a dog is to be trained for the trick show, 
the best teacher is employed; if a horse is to be trained for the 
race, the best groomsman and driver are obtained; if a child is to 
be taught to dance, the service of the best professor of that art 
is secured at any price; if a decayed tooth is to be filled, the best 
dentist is employed, cost what it may; if a trifling contest 
arises between individuals or municipalities, the best talent is 
secured, be the expense large or small; but when it comes to 
the training of the God-given faculties of the human mind, 
the cheapest and the poorest must answer. To this we em- 
phatically dissent, and we believe that this town dissents, and 
desires that her teachers shall be paid a fair and reasonable 
compensation, one which will enable them to live comfortably, 
dress respectably, and take such measures for the cultivation 



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and improvement of their own minds as will enable them to 
keep abreast of the times in all educational matters, and fit 
themselves for a satisfactory discharge of their daily duties. 

To this end we ask the town to appropriate for the support 
of schools the sum of eleven thousand dollars, and one thou- 
sand for contingent expenses. Others, we are told, think a 
less amount will answer, but unless the salaries of teachers 
are reduced it involves a problem in a kind of mathematics 
not taught in our public schools, or a scaling down of debts at 
the end of the year which may answer in the latitude of 
Virginia, but for which the soil of Massachusetts is not yet 
ripe, and never will be while a drop of the old Puritan blood 
which founded her common school system courses in the veins 
of her sons. 

CONDITION. 

We take pleasure and pride in stating to the town our be- 
lief that the schools have never been in better condition as a 
whole, than during the past year; their work has been well 
systematized, and the teachers have understood what was re- 
quired of them, and have labored faithfully and enthusias- 
tically to discharge their duties. Less than the usual amount 
of friction has been observed between teachers and pupils. In 
some few instances scholars have been insubordinate, and a 
resort to corporal punishment has been necessary, but that 
spirit has been overcome, and in those schools where there 
has been no change of teachers, there has been found com- 
paratively little occasion for the use of the rod. In schools 
where a change of teachers has taken place, good order has 
been maintained with more difficulty. Scholars are very apt 
to try the mettle of a new teacher, and in frequent instances, 
will not be satisfied until they have received a practical ex- 
emplification of muscle as well at mettle. 

ATTENDANCE. 

The attendance during the year past has been very fair, 
the percentage has been decreased quite materially on account 
of the diphtheria which raged to an alarming extent in Aug- 
ust and September, and many were excluded from school on 
account of their own illness, or some member of their family, 
and others remained away from the fear of contagion. 
While it was a mooted question whether that malignant 



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disease was contagious, your Committee preferred to treat it 
as such, and took every possible precaution to prevent its 
spread through the medium of the schools, and were, as far 
as they have been informed, entirely successful. We urge 
upon parents and scholars the importance of regular and con- 
stant attendance. Its desirability needs no argument, it needs 
only to be suggested to be granted, and to be secured needs 
a little effort and self-denial on the part of scholars, and 
a little denial and firmness upon the part of parents. In not 
a few instances that have come under our observation, 
scholars have been allowed to remain away from school by 
reason of representations to their parents in relation to the 
condition of their studies which were not consistent with ex- 
act truth. Let it be understood that there can be no con- 
dition of studies or recitations when it is better for the child 
to be away. 

EXAMINATIONS AND PROMOTIONS. 

The annual examinations for promotions in June were con- 
ducted in precisely the way described in our last annual report, 
but promotions were made by taking into account the scholar's 
rank in recitations as marked by the teacher, as well as the re- 
sult of the written examinations. It was argued by some that 
a scholar's faithfulness in study, as shown by his recitations, 
should be taken in his favor, and upon the face it is a plausible 
argument. It was also argued that frequently good scholars 
from nervousness or ill health, failed to pass a creditable ex- 
amination. This may be true in an occasional instance. It is 
too early now to determine with accuracy the wisdom of add- 
ing that element to the consideration of the question of pro- 
motion. So far as we have been enabled to observe, every 
scholar who failed to obtain the required percentage in the 
annual examination, and was promoted upon his recitation 
mark, has made a comparative failure in the school to which 
he was promoted. Whether such scholars will be able to con- 
tinue the course without interruption, is an open question, and 
upon that depends in a measure the wisdom of continuing that 
method of determining promotions. 

A material objection to it is, that it opens the door to gross 
wrongs by a dishonest or unfaithful teacher, if such we should 
chance to have. A scholar may receive a good mark for a 



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poor recitation, or a poor mark for a good recitation, but it is 
quite impossible for him by the method adopted, to pass a 
good examination unless he has a good knowledge of the sub- 
jects upon which he is examined. 

DIPLOMA. 

We find upon the records of the School Committee, under 
date of Feb. 16th, 1863, that Hon. Lilley Eaton reported "that 
Cyrus Wakefield, Esq., had generously offered to pay the ex- 
penses of the Diploma for the graduates of the High School," 
and it was thereupon voted, " that the Committee thankfully 
accept the offer of Mr. Wakefield, and that they cause his 
likeness to be placed upon the Diploma." 

This was the Diploma given to the graduates of the High 
School from 1863 to the present year. It is well known that 
prior to Mr. Wakefield's death, he desired a change in the Di- 
ploma, and often expressed his intention of procuring a new 
one and presenting it to the town, and it is as well known that 
Mrs. Wakefield cherished the design of carrying out her hus- 
bands purpose, and some progress was made prior to her death 
upon the devise. After her decease, the heirs of Mr. Wake- 
field generously offered to carry into effect the intention twice 
thwarted by death, and a new lithograph of modern design 
was procured at large expense by them, the central figure of 
which is the best likeness of Mr. Wakefield now extant. The 
Avhole is very neat and tasty, and makes an elegant testimonial 
to those whose faithfulness and scholarship have entitled them 
to its possession. The thanks of the town are due to the heirs 
of Mr. Wakefield for their generous gift, and to Mr. Enoch H. 
Wakefield for the Diplomas presented to the class the present 
year. 

MUSIC. 

Mr. George F. Wilson has had charge of the music in the 
schools with substantially the same arrangement as last year. 
His success in teaching the rudiments of music, and teaching 
scholars to sing has been very marked, although as one parent 
expressed it, he has not been able " to make a canary out of 
an owl." In May a very interesting and successful concert was 
given in the Town Hall under his supervision, in which about 
five hundred scholars participated. Quite a sum of money 
was realized, all of which was expended in the purchase of 
books for the schools. 



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TRUANT SCHOOL. 

Prior to this year the town has lost some of the benefits 
from what is known as the truant law, for the reason that no 
provision had been made for a place of custody for violators 
of this law. This vear arrangements have been made with the 
authorities of the City of Lowell to take care of our truant 
children at a reasonable rate. 

FUEL. 

The item of fuel has always been a large one, and during 
the year an examination of the relative cost of heating our 
school-rooms with wood and coal has been made, and it has 
been found that fully one-third can be saved by using coal, so 
coal stoves have been substituted for wood stoves in ten 
school rooms, at a cost of about three hundred and fifty dol- 
lars, which sum was charged to the contingent fund and ac- 
counts for the over-draft there reported. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

Teachers: MEL YIN J. HILL, Principal. 

ELIZA M. GREENWOOD, ) A . 
MARTHA KEITH, f Assistants. 

With this year Mr. Hill closes ten years of faithful service 
in this school, during which time he has done much to improve 
and elevate the school, and has established for himself a repu- 
tation as an accomplished and accurate scholar and a faithful 
and painstaking teacher. 

At the close of the first term Miss Greenwood was obliged 
to resign on account of impaired health, and Miss Martha 
Keith, who supplied Miss Greenwood's place during the winter 
previous, was appointed to the position of Assistant, and to 
this time has discharged her duties in an admirable and 
efficient manner. The attendance in this school is not as large 
as it ought to be in a town of the size of ours, and in this re- 
spect it does not compare favorably with adjoining towns. 
In the year 1877-8, the total number in our High School was 
seventy-eight; in Stoneham, ninety-six; in Reading, one hun- 
dred and fourteen, and in Melrose, one hundred and seven- 
teen. Some of the causes of this we adverted to in our last 
report, and the same causes still exist, but there lies behind all 



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these, a too general lack of interest in educational matters 
among the people of the town, and until that is overcome, our 
High School can never take the rank to which its merit en- 
titles it. 

GEADUATING EXERCISES. 

These took place on the evening of June 27, in the Town 
Hall, which was filled to repletion. The exercises were some- 
what lengthy, but of a high order. The essays were thought- 
ful, well written, natural and characteristic of the class. The 
whole entertainment was happy in conception and in execution, 
and if we can judge from appearances, " we eight " appreciated 
the end of the journey, 

" O'er stony sleeps with briars and brambles grown, 
To starry spheres where only light is known." 

The following was the 

ORDER OF EXERCISES. 

1 Salutatory, ..... Miss M. E. Bartlett. 

2 Greeting Song, ..... Class of 78. 

3 Essay, " Imaginary Tea Party in the 18th Century," 

Miss H. M. Upham. 

4 Double Quartette, " Come Away the Sunny Hours," Lahee. 

5 Essay, "What Shall We Eight Do? " . Miss Y. R. Nesmith. 

6 Double Quartette, '* Greeting to Spring," . Strauss. 

7 Class Characteristics, . . . Miss A. Freeman. 

8 Calisthenics. 

9 Class History, .... Miss S. E. Young. 
10. Song, ...... Miss V. R. Nesmith. 

11 Prophetic Poem, " What the Years Erought," Miss M. F. Davis. 

12 Trio, " Those Evening Bells," . . . Abt. 

13 Essay, " Speak Well of the Bridge that Carries you Safely Over," 

Miss H. J. Winship. 

14 Chorus and Quartette, " How Cheerily Goes the Day," Emerson. 

15 Valedictory Essay, " From Gold to Gray," . Miss A. G. Currier. 

16 Parting Song, . . . .. Class of 78. 

17 Presentation of Diplomas, . . . Rev. A. S. Garver. 



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We copy the parting song, composed by Miss Davis, 
and set to music by Miss IsTesmith. 



PARTING SONG. 

' ' O, schoolmates, we've together been 
Through shady, shining years, 
And bright our deepest thoughts within, 

The backward glance appears; 
Yet bowing to His stronger will 

Who ruleth us on high, 
With brave, firm hearts, we, happy still, 
Will sing our last "good-bye." 
Cho. — Good-bye! O, sing it softly, low! 
And draw each one more nigh ; 
Clasp hands once firmly ere we go, 
And then — sing soft " good-bye." 

O, classmates, let us go to-night 

From out the dear High School, 
With eyes turned only to the light, 

With hearts the iron rule 
Of life and death can closer bind, 

With souls that willing wait 
The time when we again shall find 

The " Class of Seventy-eight. 

CHORUS. 

And by the power of Him who folds 

All nations in His hand, 
We'll bide the time when each beholds 

The heavenly glory grand ; 
And then once more, shall joyous ring 

Within the higher gate, 
The glad, old songs we used to sing, 

As ' Class of Seventy-eight.' " 

CHORUS. 



The following are the names of the graduating class: 

Mary E. Bartlett, Victorine R. Nesmith, 

Alice G. Currier, Hattie M. Upham, 

Martha F. Davis, Helen J. Winship, 

Alice Freeman, Sarah E. Young. 



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COURSE OF STUDY. 



During the year the course of study in this school has been 
revised, and in response to very general desire, a business 
course of two years has been established for the purpose of 
enabling those who desire, to obtain a more practical fit for 
mercantile and business life. It has thus far proved quite 
popular, eleven having selected that course. It cannot be said, 
however, to have passed beyond the age of experiment. The 
full course is appended to this report. 



THE ADVANCED AND FIRST GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. 

TWT, i M - E - WENT WORTH, Advanced Grammar, 
leacneis, -j ABBIE s PERKINS, First Grammar. 

The teachers in these schools have given practical evidence 
oi their appreciation of drill, and their knowledge of the 
meaning of training the mind. They exemplify in their work 
the difference between knowledge and education. They never 
attempt to cram the scholar's mind, but while gathering up 
such information as is desirable, he is taught to think and 
reason for himself. Different in manner and method, both 
are logical, and their schools harmonize with facility, the one 
is an admirable fit for the other. The number of promotions 
was so great that at the commencement of the year the First 
Grammar School was found to be too large for one teacher, 
so 'those scholars who constituted the first class in the Second 
Grammar School, were transferred without promotion to the 
Advanced Grammar, and pursue the same studies as those in 
the First Grammar. They average considerably older, and 
have had one or two years' more time in the schools and ought 
to excel materially. 

SECOND GRAMMAR. 

rp , j F. S. CUTTER, Principal. 
leacners, j ST j SA ^ E BARKER, Assistant 

This school has continued during the year under Mr. F. S. 
Cutter, who, ii addition to the care of his school, has had the 
supervision of the yard, and the conduct of the scholars in the 
other schools on the hill, outside of the school-room. 
His administration of all the affairs entrusted to him 



105 

has been admirable. His management of the schools and his 
method of teaching, have met with unqualified approbation. 
Miss Barker remained as assistant to the end of the summer 
term and rendered efficient service. 



THIRD GRAMMAR SCHOOL. 

M. ANNIE WARREN, Teacher. 

Miss Warren has the faculty of governing with ease, and 
her school is always a model of good order, and the results at- 
tained are always gratifying. 

FIRST AND THIRD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS. 

T , j ELENORA HUTCHINSON, 
leacners '( ALICE A. ALEXANDER. 

Miss Hutchinson is the senior teacher in town, having been 
appointed in Jan, 1858. Her long term of service attests the 
appreciation in which she has been held. 

Miss Alexander was appointed two years ago, and has 
proved an energetic teacher. 

SECOND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. 

T , j HANNAH H. TAFT, 
±eacners '} JENNIE L. DEARBORN, 

Miss Taft had charge of this school from September 1877, 
to June 1878, and did most excellent service in it. Her 
pleasant manners, kindly heart, and ready sympathy won and 
retained the affection of her scholars. She was selected by the 
Committee of Newton from more than one hundred applicants 
for a position in the schools of that city, and a salary of six 
hundred dollars proved a greater attraction than any Wake- 
field could present. 

Miss Jennie L. Dearborn, a graduate of our High School, 
and a teacher of some years' experience, was elected to fill the 
vacancy, and since September has been doing excellent work. 
An air of cheerfulness worthy of imitation pervades her room. 

14 



106 



FIRST PRIMARY SCHOOL. 

MYRA A. STEARNS, Teacher. 

Miss Stearns has labored conscientiously and successfully 
during the year, and a corresponding degree of progress has 
marked the school. Always pleasant, she wins the affection of 
her scholars, and those who have passed on, sigh for the 
halcyon days of her room. 

SECOND PRIMARY SCHOOL. 

M. I. HERSEY, Teacher. 

CLARA E. BANCROFT, Assistant. 

If perfect adaptation of teacher to the needs of scholars is 
found anywhere, it is in this school. No more beautiful and 
interesting scene is presented in a visit to our schools than 
here, where the tact and ingenuity of the teacher keep all 
her scholars active and exhuberant. 

Miss Hersey belongs to the Froebelian School' of teachers, 
who strive to develop the child and all his faculties in a 
natural manner, while checking all propensities to evil, to pro- 
mote children's healthy activity, to awaken their imagination 
gradually to the influence of the beautiful and good, to de- 
velop their reason, stimulate their capacity, and sow the seeds 
that are to produce adults of sound mind in a sound body, 
good citizens and true Christians. 

Miss Bancroft closed her services as Assistant with the Sum- 
mer term, having been in the school about one year. She 
performed all her duties in a most acceptable manner. 

NORTH WARD SCHOOL. 

F. M. EVANS, Teacher. 
Miss Evans has maintained her well earned reputation in 
this school. The scholars present a happy appearance and 
have made good progress. The interest in the school is well 
sustained. 

EAST WARD SCHOOL. 

ANNIE R. KILLORIN, Teacher. 
Irregularity in attendance has injured this school to some 
extent, and we hope this evil will be remedied in the future. 



107 

There has been a tendency to be too ambitious, and it has 
shown itself in a lack of thoroughness upon examination. Miss 
Killorin has labored unremittingly to bring her school to a 
high standard. 

WOODVILLE. 

ALICE M. HAMMOND, Teacher. 

At the commencement of this year Miss Wiley resigned. 
Miss Hammond was appointed to fill her place, and has re- 
mained during the year doing good work. Irregularity of at- 
tendance has affected this school very perceptibly, the average 
attendance having been only seventy-six per cent. No school 
can take good rank if nearly one quarter of the time is lost. 
Miss Hammond is a teacher of large experience, and has made 
her school as pleasant and profitable as it well could be. 

GREENWOOD. 

MARY J. GEORGE, Teacher. 

Miss George commenced her duties with the beginning, and 
has remained during the year, discharging them to the satis- 
faction, so far as we know, of everybody. The parents in this 
ward take a lively interest in everything that pertains to the 
well-being of their school, and the teacher is well supported 
by outside influence. "We are pleased to note the high rank 
which some of the scholars from this ward are taking in the 
Centre. 

FRANKLIN STREET INTERMEDIATE. 

SUSIE D. TURNBULL, ) 
SUSAN E. BARKER, [ Teachers. 
ALICE FJELD, ) 

Frequent change of teachers is unfortunate for any school, 
and this one has suffered unusually in this respect the past 
year. Miss Turnbull resigned at the close of the summer 
term to assume more congenial relations in life. At the be- 
ginning of the fall term Miss Barker, former assistant in 
Second Grammar School, where she had won an excellent 
reputation, was appointed to the position and remained one 
term. At the beginning of the winter term she was confined 
with scarlet fever, and resigned. Miss Alice Field, of 
Wellesley, has had charge of the school since January, and 
gives promise of excellent success. 



108 

FRANKLIN STREET PRIMARY. 

EMMA L. UPHAM, Teacher. 

During the whole year this room has been crowded to over- 
flowing and several changes have been made to relieve it, but 
without complete success. The school is always cheerful and 
happy, and the progress has been good. 

WEST WARD INTERMEDIATE. 

NELLIE A. MILLER, Teacher, 

Miss Miller took charge of this school, having had but 
slight experience in teaching. She has spared no pains to fit 
herself for her work, and her school shows that she has been 
faithful in it. Scholars who were promoted from her room 
to the First Grammar, are competing successfully with those 
who have passed through the Centre Schools. 

WEST WARD PRIMARY. 

L. J. MANSFIELD, Teacher. 

No obstacle is allowed to impede the progress of a school 
under Miss Mansfield's charge. She evidently believes that 
" where there is a will, there is a way," and the work assigned 
her has been faithfully performed. 

VYe have made above such general suggestions as seemed 
to us wise in the present state of public feeling, and in a more 
detailed manner, our impressions of the schools gathered from 
three hundred and fourteen visits made to them during the 
year. We append hereto some statistics which we trust will 
prove of interest, and respectfully submit the whole as our 
annual report. 

(Signed) 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman. 

GEORGE W. ABORN. 

THEO. E. BALCH. 

E. P. COLBY. 

A. S. GARYER. 

SAM'L K. HAMILTON, Secretary. 



109 

Note. — Since the above report was written, the Committee 
have received the following letter from Mr. Hill, which ex- 
plains itself : 

Gentlemen of the School Committee, — I hereby tender 
my resignation of the Principalship of the Wakefield High 
School, to take effect at the close of the present School Year, 
or as soon thereafter as my successor shall be appointed. 

I cannot close my ten years' service without expressing my 
appreciation of the kindness, forbearance and support which I 
have received during this long term from my many pupils, 
the good people of Wakefield, and the various Boards of 
School Committee. Very Respectfully, 

MELVIN J. HILL, Prin. Wakefield H. 8. 
Wakefield, March 11, 1879. 

After consultation your Committee accepted the above 
resignation to take effect at the close of the Summer Term. 

S. K. HAMILTON, Sec. 



110 



NAMES OF TEACHERS, SALARY, AND DATE OF ELECTION. 



Names of Schools. 


Teachers. 


When Elected 


l Salaries. 


High School, . . 


Melvin J. Hill, . 


Mar., 1869 


$1400pr.yr. 


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Eliza M. Greenwood, . 


Jan., 1876, 


520 " " 


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Martha Keith. . 


April, 1878, 


600 " " 


Advanced Gram'r, 


M. E. Went worth, 


Mar., 1871, 


625 " " 


Ctr. Grain. No. 1, 


Abbie S. Perkins, 


Sept., 1873. 


500 " " 


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Fred'k S. Cutter, 


Jan., 1878, 


800 " " 


(< << "2 


Susan E. Barker, Asst. 


Sept., 1877, 


200 " " 


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M. Annie Warren, 


Dec, 1871, 


420 " " 


Ctr. Inter. No. 1, 


Elenora Hutchinson, . 


Jan., 1858, 


420 " " 


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Hannah H. Taft, 


Sept., 1877, 


380 " " 


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Jennie L. Dearborn, . 


Sept., 1878, 


380 " " 


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Alice A. Alexander, . 


April, 1877, 


380 " " 


Ctr. Primary No. 1, 


Myra A. Stearns, 


Sept., 1875, 


360 " " 


<< t* (i 2 


M. I. Hersey, 


Dec, 1876, 


400 u " 


14 (< (< 2 


C. E. Bancroft, Asst. 


Sept., 1877, 


200 " " 


West Intermediate, 


Nellie A. Miller, 


Sept , 1877, 


360 " " 


1 ' Primary, 


L. J. Mansfield, . 


Sept., 1871, 


360 " " 


Franklin St. Int., 


Susie D. Turnbull, . 


June, 1876, 


380 " " 


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Susan E. Barker, 


Sept., 1878, 


380 " '• 


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Alice Field, 


Jan., 1879, 


380 " " 


" Primary, 


Emma L. Upham, 


Sept., 1874, 


360 " " 


North Ward, . . 


Francella M. Evans, . 


April, 1862, 


400 " u 


East Ward, . . . 


Annie R. Killorin, 


Sept., 1873, 


400 u " 


Woodville, . . . 


Alice M. Hammond, . 


April, 1878, 


360 '' " 


Greenwood, . . 


Mary J. George, , 


Mar., 1878, 


400 " li 




Geo. F. Wilson, (Music,) 


Sept., 1876, 


450 " <( 



Number of scholars between 5 and 15 years of age, May, 1878, 923. 



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40 


38.6 


96.4 


14 


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38 


36.1 


95 


6 


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60 


53.4 


89 


5 


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46 


41.3 


89.7 




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36.7 


34.7 


86.1 




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32.5 


28 


86 




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53 


45.7 


86.3 




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40 


34 


84.8 




" " No. 2, 


54.3 


50.2 


92.5 




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41 


35 


84 




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46 


35 


76 




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46 


39.1 


85 




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56.8 


44.4 


78.2 




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39 


34 


86 




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51 


43 


84 




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23 


18 


76 




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45 


40 


80 






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REPORT 

/ 
OF THE 



Trustees of the BeebeTown Library. 



Again " the finger on the dial-plate of time" points to the 
completion of a year, which, added to the many already gone 
into the treasury of the past, brings to the span of nearly a 
quarter century, the existence of the trust over which for a 
time, we have been privileged to preside. 

It is gratifying to observe from our view-point, fixed in an 
era of depressed commerce and political uncertainty, that in 
the domain of thought, the realm of study and of books, there 
are no "suspensions" and no seasons of confusion. Mind 
triumphing over matter holds the even tenor of its way, and 
the asperities of business and of politics seem only to 
brighten and intensify the thought-powers of men, and to 
clear and strengthen their recorded utterances. 
, The conviction deepens year by year in the minds of all 
students of our social problems, that, to the wide diffusion of 
intelligence alone, can we hopefully look for the solution of 
the many vexed issues which not only engage but threaten 
society. The hurry and exactions of the struggle for existence 
in our land, compel the conclusion that a chief agency of a 



115 

general intelligence must be found in the current reading of 
the people. 

Our public press and our public libraries, hold, therefore, a 
far higher mission than simply to deal out the passing news, 
or to amuse the mind with the vagaries of fiction and ro- 
mance. It is both their duty and privilege, first to create an 
insatiate thirst for basis knowledge and sound- information, 
and then sending deep their buckets in the wells of truth to 
offer their brimming flow to all. 

A sense of conscious power, apparently born of a know- 
ledge of the immense resources of our nation, and of their 
accessibility, seems to underlie the American thought, but 
the real power and advantages which these possessions can 
give, will be slowly achieved and much of it lost, if that 
thorough knowledge which is the true key to their opening is 
not generally acquired. We can well afford to engraft upon 
our American confidence the thoroughness of German in- 
formation. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes has well said, " there is but one 
thing that half-knowledge is afraid of, and that is vihole- 
knowledge." Whole-knowledge is only demanded by a peo- 
ple whose general intelligence amounts to half knowledge. 

It is hence plain that our social and material prosperity are 
based upon that universal spread of intelligence which will 
develop the great masters of thought, and our press and our 
libraries must be the nurseries of the general information. 

A lesson that the whole tendency of the atmosphere and 
the times is teaching is, that industry and instruction of all 
kinds are becoming, and must become, more and more con- 
centrated, and hence the work of specialists. As the legiti- 
mate result of the recognition of this fact, books of special 
purpose and covering particular subject-matter increase in de- 
mand and have the attention of both publisher and reader. 

It is the experience of the librarians of the older nationalities 
that this demand for books of technical or peculiar significance 
keeps pace with the closer competitions of trade and manu- 
facture and the density of population. 

Our library, which hitherto has naturally been mainly of 
general purport, will in its future probably be no exception to 
the above rule, and the attention of its future Trustees will no 
doubt be steadily called, year by year, to larger consideration 



116 

of its classified wants. The year's experience has not been 
fruitful of suggestion, but the Trustees feel that they may 
congratulate the town, the habitues of the library and them- 
selves upon the completion of the new catalogue which they 
are able with the close of the year to present. Long needed 
and striven for, it promises to be all that its promoters have 
wished and expected. Undertaken with doubt as to what 
its character and construction should be, it is confidently 
believed that the very great expenditure of time and labor 
which have alone supplied the lack of adequate funds, will 
command in their result the approval of all. 

As an additional feature of usefulness and convenience, the 
employment of special printed slips for the designation of 
books is revived, and it is earnestly hoped will never again fall 
into disuse. 

The observations of the librarian in regard to the demands 
made upon the library as mentioned in last year's report, are 
reaffirmed as the experience of the year now closing. It is 
exceedingly gratifying to note the increasing regard of the 
visitors of the library for the proprieties of the place, and the 
hope is thereby stimulated that the near future may afford in 
reading-room facilities ampler provision for their needs. 

In the closing hours of the official year, reviewing the per- 
plexities and pleasures, the devolvements and delights of their 
charge, the Trustees record with gratification, in the language 
of Virgil, their conviction, " that in the hereafter this will be 
of pleasant memory." 

A matter of some little importance is the very possible loss, 
in the coming year, of a portion of the income the library has 
been wont to rely upon, viz., the proceeds of the surplus dog 
tax. It is quite probable that at least ten per cent, of the 
surplus fund accruing from the dog tax, will be appropriated 
by the Legislature to the maintenance of the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College, and while it is true that the sum thus 
diverted from us will not be a large one, it means to us the loss 
of just sd many new books upon our shelves, unless the de- 
ficiency shall from some other channel be made good, and it 
is much to be hoped that the citizens of the town, either per- 
sonally or in their corporate capacity, will see that the 
pleasurable and profitable resources of the library are not 
losers in such event. 



117 

The Trustees recommend for the coming year an appropri- 
ation of two hundred and twenty-five dollars, with the pro- 
ceeds of the dog tax. 

(Signed) EDWARD MANSFIELD, Chairman. 
T. E. BALCH, Secretary. 
C. W. EATON, Treasurer. . 
LUCIUS BEEBE. 
THOMAS WINSHIP. 
JOHN M. CATE. 
JOHN HOGAN. 
CYRUS WAKEFIELD. 
HARRIET N. FLINT. 
S. O. RICHARDSON. 
H. H. SAYAGE. 
F. P. HURD. 
AZEL AMES, JR. 



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FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE LIBEAEY. 



Beebe Town Library in account with (J. W. Eaton, Treasurer 

of Trustees. 

CR. 

By balance from last year, . . . $ 1 62 
Town Appropriation, general, . . 100 00 
Town Appropriation, special, for new 

catalogue, ..... 250 00 
Dog taxes, refunded Town by County, 337 03 
Donation from Azel Ames, Jr., account 

of new catalogue, . . 50 00 

Donation from Harriet N. Flint, acct. 

of new catalogue, . . 20 00 

Donation from Lucius Beebe, account 

of new catalogue, . . . 30 00 
Donation from Cyrus Wakefield,f or books 50 00 
Dividend from C. M. F. Insurance Co., 5 40 
Interest on Flint Fund, ... 60 00, 
Interest on Hurd Fund, ... 23 88 
Sale of old books and papers, . . 1 86 
Fines collected, . . . . . 31 05 



DR. 




To Cash paid V. E. Marsh, Librarian, 


, $275 00 


for new books, . 


. 85 63 


replacing books worn out, 


. 143 57 


repairs of books, 


55 25 


covering paper, 


16 50 


blank books, . . 


6 75 



$960 84 






Amount carried forward, 



$582 70 



119 



Amount brought forward. 
To Cash paid for express charges, 
postage stamps, 
book cards, 
sundries at Library, 
book labels, numbered, 
V. E. Marsh, preparing new cata- 
logue, 50 00 

Rand, Avery & Co., printing and 
bind'g new catalogue, 600 cps. 300 00 
Balance on hand, . . . 1 29 



1582 


70 


6 


60 


1 


50 


4 


00 


5 


25 


9 


50 



$960 84 












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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



Total number of volumes in the Library, . . . 6,389 

Added by purchase within the year, .... 244 

donation from Lucius Beebe, Esq., . . 42 

Mrs. Everett Hart, ... 2 

Mr. C. C. Marsh, .... 2 

Miss Elizabeth Walton, . . 1 

Mr. C. H. Poland, ... 1 

Mr. Abel F. Hutchinson, . . 1 

Mr. Franklin Poole, ... 1 

State of Massachusetts, . . 5 

Bureau of Education, ... 1 

Exchanged for Town Histories, ... . . . 4 

Persons having signed the By-laws, .... 87 

Number of accounts on which Books have been charged, 682 

Number of Books re-bound, . . . . . 218 

" " discarded, ..... 77 

Whole number of Books delivered, .... 29,214 

Decrease since last year, ...... 1,187 

Greatest number to one account, ..... 253 

Average number delivered each day, .... 250 

" " " " hour, .... 50 

(Signed) 

VICTORWE E. MARSH, Librarian. 



Wakefield, March 15th, 1879. 



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AUDITORS' STATEMENT. 



The Auditors again present to the town the Annual Reports 
of its various town officers, and certify that the accounts of 
such officers as have had charge of the expenditure or the col- 
lection of moneys, have been examined and are now found to 
be correct and properly vouched for. 

We have added a new feature to our report this year, in 
giving, in a somewhat condensed form, the action of the town 
on all matters during the year at its various meetings. We 
believe it will be interesting to many, and valuable for future 
reference. 

An error occurs on page 27, in the W. H. and L. Co.'s state- 
ment, the rent for which should date from Jan. 1st, 1878, in- 
stead of " 1877," as there stated. 

In the Note under head of Town House Expenses, the in- 
come of the Town Hall as there given, includes a portion of 
the receipts for February, 1878. The receipts for the twelve 
months, ending March 1st, 1879, were 8434.50. 

(Signed) T. J. SKINNER, ) 

E. E. EMERSON, \ Auditors. 

W. S. GREENOITGH, \ 



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INDEX. 



Appropriation Committee's Report, 

Appropriations, List of, 

Assessors' Report, 

Auditors' Report, . 

Auditors' Statement, 

Births, 

Collector's Statement, 

County Tax, (see Treasurer's Report,) 

C. Wakefield Engine Co., 

Deaths. . ... 

Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, . 

Engineers' Report, 

Fire Department Expenses, . 

Fish Committee's Expenses, 

Fish Committee's Report, 

Greenwood Street Appropriation, 

Highways and Bridges, 

Jurors' List, .... 

Librarian's Report, 

Library Finances, 

Loan Account, (Treasurer's Report,) 

Lodgings for Tramps, . 

Marriages, ..... 

Military Aid, JMew Law, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

Murray Street Appropriation, 

New Salem Street Appropriation, 

Overseers of Poor Report, 

Park Extension, .... 

Police Expenses, .... 

Police Report, .... 

Rodney Edmands' Claim, 

Salaries of Town Officers, . 

School Committee's Report, 

School Contingent, 

School Expenses, (regular,) . 

Selectmen's Report, 

Sidewalk from Yale Avenue to Congregational Church, 

Spaulding Street Appropriation, 

State Aid, . . 

State Tax, (Treasurer's Report,) 

Street Lamps, 

Support of Poor, 

Tax Deeds, £ist of, 

Town Clerk's Report, . 

Town Debt, . . 

Town House Expenses, 

Town Meetings, . 

Town Officers, List of, 

Town Seal, .... 

Treasurer's Report, 

Trustees of Library Report, 



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28 



Page. 
76 
21 
66 
21 
121 
80 
45 
47 
35 
86 
32 
67 
26 
37 
71 
44 
37 
5 
120 

and 118 
47 
35 
83 
36 
33 
43 
43 
51 
42 
29 
69 
36 
29 
91 
24 
22 
61 
44 
42 
49 
47 
31 

and 51 

50 

80 

48 

32 

6 

3 

35 

46 

114 



THE SIXTY-EIGHTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF WAKEFIELD 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING MARCH 1ST, 1880. 



CONTAINING REPORTS OF THE 



AUDITORS, SELECTMEN, ASSESSORS, OVERSEERS OF 
THE POOR, TREASURER, COLLECTOR, FIRE EN- 
GINEERS, FISH COMMITTEE, SCHOOL COM- 
MITTEE AND LIBRARY TRUSTEES. 



ALSO, 



THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD OF THE 

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS 

DURING THE YEAR 1879. 



WAKEFIELD : 

CITIZEN AND BANNER PRESS, WAKEFIELD'S BLOCK. 

l88o. 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1879-80. 



Selectmen. 

JAMES OLIVER, Chairman. 

JOHN S. EATON, Secretary. B. B. BURBANK. 



Town Clerk. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



Town Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON. 



Assessors 
JOHN S. EATON, DAVID PERKINS, JAMES OLIVER. 



Overseers of the Poor. 

CYRUS N. WHITE, Term Expires 1882. 

SAMUEL F. LITTLEFIELD, . . . " " 1881. 

WILLIAM H. ATWELL, .... " » 1880. 



School Committee. 
SAMUEL K. HAMILTON, Sec\j and Treas,,. Terra Expi 
AVILLIAM N. TYLER, . . 

E. P. COLBY, 

GEORGE W. ABORN, .... 

LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, ... 

THEODORE E. BALCH, .... 



res 1882. 
1882. 
1881. 
1881. 
1880. 
1880. 



Auditors. 
T. J. SKINNER, E. E. EMERSON, W. S. GREENOUGH. 



Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BRITTON. 



Trustees of the Beebe Town Library. 
LUCIUS BEEBE " CYRUS WAKEFIELD, 

T. E. BALCH, HARRIET N. FLINT, 

CHESTER W. EATON, S. O. RICHARDSON, 

THOMAS WINSHIP, F. P. HURD, 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, H. H. SAVAGE, 

JOHN M. CATE, AZEL AMES, JR. 

GEORGE H. TEAGUE. 



Engineers of Fire Department. 
CHARLES H. DAVIS, Chief, S. F. LITTLEFIELD, C. W. TROW. 



Fish Committee. 
OSCAR I. STOWELL, THOMAS GOULD, SAM'L PARKER, JR. 



Board of Health. 
S. O. RICHARDSON, E. P. COLBY, JOHN M. CATE. 



Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE. 



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Highway Surveyors. 

JOHN M. CATE, . . . . . . Centre District. 

B. F. SHEDD, North 

L. B. EATON South 

J. J. MANSFIELD, East 

JOHN A. TYLER, ... . . . West 

HENRY N. OLIVER Woodville " 

Fence Viewers. 
CHAS. H. STEARNS, GEORGE PACKARD, GEO. H. TEAGUE. 

Constables. 
CHARLES H. DAVIS, F. G. COKER, MOSES STAPLES. 

Poi ipf Officfrs 
CHAS. H. DAVIS, Chief. HENRY W. EUSTIS,* 

FREDERIC G. COKER, JOHN H. EATON, 

JOSEPH TUTTLE, REUBEN L. COOPER, 

JOHN McMAHAN, ORRIN C. POTTER, 

ISRAEL A. PARSONS, JOHN W. JENKINS. 

* Resigned October 18th, 1879. 

Pound Keeper. 
JOHN B. ATWELL. 

Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. 

GEO. W. ABORN, GEO. K. GILMAN, E. W. EATON, 

A. A. MANSFIELD, A. W. CHAPMAN. 

Measurers of Wood. 
WM. H. GRAY", • A. A. 'MANSFIELD, 

JOSHUA WALTON, HENRY CLAY, 

A.J.HUTCHINSON, E. W. EATON, 

JOSEPH TUTTLE, B. F. ABBOTT, 

M. C. EVANS, C. : W. GREEN. 

Surveyors of Lumber. 
HENRI' CLAY, • GEO. H. TEAGUE, 

HENRY L. HASKELL, GEORGE PACKARD, 

EUGENE S. HINCKLEY, C. F. BICKFORD, 

FRED H. HENRY.* 

♦Appointed by Selectmen in place of E. S. Hinckley. 

Truant Officers. 
WM. H. WILEY', F. G. COKER. 

Field Drivers. 
THOMAS HICKS, EUGENE E. OLIVER. 

EDWARD GREEN, AARON BUTLER. 

Committee on Appropriations. 

WM. S. GREENOUGH, JAMES F. EMERSON, 

THOMAS WINSHIP, T. E. BALCH, 

THOMAS J. SKINNER, J. C. HARTSHORNE, 

LUCIUS BEEBE, L. B. EATON, 

WM. F. YOUNG, A. W. BROWNELL, 

JAMES OLIVER, WM. OLIVER, 

WM. H. ATWELL, JOSHUA WALTON, JAS. J. MANSFIELD. 



List of Jurors 



Accepted by the Town, Nov. 4, 1879. 



Abbott, George 


Kendrick, Rufus 


Abbott, Henry F. . 


Kenney, Thomas 


Abbott, Benj. F. 


Killoran, James 


Allen, Mark W. 


Knights, Elisha 


Atherton, Arlon S. 


Low, Michael 


Atwell, John 


Mansfield, Joseph D, ; 


Atwell, Wm. H. 


Mansfield, James J. '■■ 


Beebe, Cyrus G. 


Mason, David P. \ 


Bridger, Wm. J. 


Nichols, Jefferson J* 


Balch, Theodore E. 


Niles, Charles E. 


Boardman, Moses 


O'Hea, Bartholomew, 


Bickforcl, Chas. F. 


Oliver, Henry N. 


Burbank, B. B. 


Oliver, James 


Connell, Joseph 


Parsons, Israel A. 


Carter, James H. 


Parker, Samuel, Jr. 


Crocker, Luther 


Perkins, David 


Dodge, Arthur P. 


Philpot, Cyrus A. 


Dolliver, Horatio 


Potter, James W. 


Eaton, Levi B. 


Putney, Stillman J. 


Emerson, Frederic 


Eayner, James 


Emerson, James E. 


Ronan, Michael H. i 


Emmons, Dimon T. 


Stearns, Charles H. 


Fisher, Henry S. 


Stowell, Issachar 


Flanley, John 


Taylor, Marcus C. 


Gilman, Geo. K. 


Turnbull, Alexander 


Hardy, George A. 


Walton, Herbert W. 


Heath, Leonard N. 


Walton, Oliver 


Hawkes, Aug. A. 


Webster, John W. 


Hartshorne, Charles F. 


White, Cyrus N. 


Jenkins, John W. 


Young, William F. 



KECOEDS OF TOWN MEETINGS 

EOR THE YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28th, 1880. 



. Annual Town Meeting, April 7th, 1879. 

The meeting was called to order at 9 o'clock, a. m., by the 
Town Clerk, who read the warrant. 
Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

Samuel K. Hamilton was elected Moderator, having 

all the votes cast, (thirty-one) . 
Art. 2. To hear and act upon the Annual Reports of Town Officers. 
Voted. To accept the reports of the different Town Officers 

as printed. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of the Committee on Appro- 
priations. 

Voted. To accept the report of the Committee on Appro- 
priations as printed. 

Art. 4. To choose all necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing. 
Under this article the following preliminary votes were pass- 
ed, viz : 

Voted. That a committee of three be appointed by the chair 
who shall retire and nominate a committee of thir- 
teen, three from the Centre, and two from each of the 
outer wards, who shall present a list of names to 
this meeting, for officers not chosen by ballot. 



The Chair appointed as the Committee of three, Messrs. 
W. N. Tyler, E. E. Emerson and T, E. Balch, which Commit- 
tee afterwards reported as the nominating committee of thir- 
teen, the following named gentlemen : 

Centre District, T. E. Balch, David Perkins, Thomas Winship. 

West " GEO. H. Teague, A. E. Perry. 

North " E. E. Emerson, Henry Haskell, Jr. 

East " J. J. Mansfield, Abram Gould. 

South " H. H. Savage, L. B. Eaton. 

Woodville " B. W. Oliver, Warren Wiley. 

Voted. That the Polls be kept open until 5 o'clock, p. m. v 
and then closed. 

Voted. That the further consideration of town business be 
postponed until one o'clock, p. m. 

The Chair appointed to superintend the check-list, Messrs* 
H. S. Fisher, Chas. H. Stearns, Howard Emerson, R. J>. 
Cooper. 

Also to sort and count votes, Messrs. John S.Eaton, E. II. 
. * Walton, M. J. Hill, Wm. H. Atwell, Jr., Geo. II. Teague, 
John A. Meloncy. 

The result of the ballot, as afterward announced, was as 
follows: 

Town Clerk. 
Charles F. Hartshorne had 528 votes. ... (Elected.) 

Town Treasurer. 
James F, Emerson had 528 votes. (Elected.) 

Selectmen 

(Elected.) 



John S. Eaton, 
B. B. Burbank, 
James Oliver, 
David Perkins, 
Theodore E. Balch, 
Geo. H. Teague, . 
Scattering Votes, . 

John S. Eaton, 
David Perkins, 
James Oliver, 
A. J. Hutchinson, 
John Purrington, . 
Joseph Connell, 
Scattering Votes, . 



Assessors 



(Elected.) 



518. 
316. 
244. 
202. 
194. 
69. 
4. 

526. 
497. 
316. 
117. 

65. 

28. 
5. 



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Overseers of the Poor. 

Cyrus N. White, for 3 years, (Elected.) 

Samuel F. Littlefield, " 2 " 

William H. Atwell, «'* 1 . •* 

William F. Young, " 2 ' •" . . . 

Joseph Connell, ** 1 " 

Scattering Votes, 

School Committee. 

(Elected.) 



Samuel K. Hamilton, 


for 3 years, 


William N. Tyler, 


" 3 <4 


Jacob C. Hartshorne, 


i< Q it 


Austin S. Garver, 


M 3 .. 


Scattering Votes, . 


. 




Constables. 



Chas. H. Davis, 
Frederic G. Coker, 
Moses Staples, 
Howard Emerson, . 
William H. Gray,. . 
Isaac F. Sheldon, . 
William G. Skinner, 



(Elected.) 



Fish Committee. 



Samuel Parker, Jr 
Oscar I Stowell,. 
Thomas Gould, 
Scattering Votes, 



(Elected.) 



Board of Health. 



Solon O. Richardson, 
Edward P. Colby, 
Samuel W. Abbott, 
John R. Mansfield, 



(Elected.) 



508. 
443. 
407. 

68. 

83. 

11. 

482. 
286. 
136. 
122. 
5. 

495. 
342. 
338. 
189. 
106. 

69. 

1. 

524. 

526. 

527. 

4. 

528. 

524. 

479. 

35. 



Fence Viewers. 
George Packard, . . . . , . (Elected.) 409. 

Charles H. Stearns, . . . ". 399. 

George H. Teague, ... " 333. 

John Shea, 72. 

Andrew C. Perkins, .... . . 117. 

John Purington, . . . . . . . 124. 

Jacob H. Eaton, . 106. 

The following officers were chosen by adoption of report of Nominat- 
ing Committee, each name being voted for separately. 

Auditors. 
T. J. Skinner. E. E. Emerson. W. S. Greenough. 



9 



Collector of Taxes. 

Richard Britton. ■ \ 

Trustees of the BeebE Town Library. 
Lucius Beebe. Cyrus Wakefield. T. E. Balch. 

Harriet N. Flint. C. W. Eaton. S. O. Richardson. 

Thomas Winship. F. P. Hurd. Edward Mansfield. 

II. H. Savage. John M. Cate. Azel Ames, Jr. ' 

Geo. H. Teague. 

StJXEV 



John M. Cate, . 
B. F. Shedd, . 
L. B. Eaton, 
James J. Mansfield, 
John A. Tyler, . 



'eyors of Highways. 

Centre ' Districti 
. North 'V t 

South • .** 
East 
. ■. West 
Henry N. Oliver, .... Woodville •• ; , 
Weighers of Coal and Merchandise. > 

Geo. W. Aborn. Geo. K. Gilman. E. W. Eaton, 

A. A. Mansfield. • i 

Measurers of Wood. 

William H. Gray. A. A, Mansfield. Joshua Walton.' 

Henry Clay. A.J.Hutchinson. E.W.Eaton. ' 

Joseph Tuttle. B. F. Abbott. M. C. Evans. 

C. W. Green. U 

Surveyors of Lumber. 

Henry Clay. Geo. H. Teague. Henry L. Haskell. 

George Packard, Eugene S. Hincklev. C. F. Bickford. 

Field Drivers. 
Thomas Hicks. Eugene E. Oliver. Edward Green. 

Aaron Butler. 

Appropriation Committee. * . 

William S. Greenough. T. E. Balch. Thomas Winship. 

J. C. Hartshorne. T. J. Skinner. Jas. F. Emerson. 

Lucius Beebe. L.B.Eaton. William F. Young. 

A. W. Brownell. James Oliver. Wm. Oliver. 

Wm. H. Atwell. James J. Mansfield. Joshua Walton. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will will authorize their Treasurer to hire 
money to pay all demands in anticipation of taxes. 

Voted. On motion of E. E. Emerson, that the Treasurer he 
authorized to hire money to pay all demands in an- 
ticipation of taxes. 

Art. 6. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the payment of town debt and interest. 



10 

Voted. That the sum of six thousand dollars ($6000) be 
raised and appropriated for payment of i nterest on 
the town debt, and the sum of five thousand dol- 
lars ($5000) for payment on the principal of town 
debt. 

art. 7. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of Schools, for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand five 
hundred dollars ($10,500) for the support of schools 
for the year ensuing. And it was also voted to 
raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand dol- 
lars ($1000) for School Contingent Expenses. 

Art. 8. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of the Poor for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of five thousand 

dollars ($5,000) for the support of the Poor for the 

year ensuing. 

Art. 9. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for repairs of Highways and Bridges for the year ensuing, 
and determine how the same shall be expended. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of thirty-five hun- 
dred dollars ($3500) for the repairs of Highways 
and Bridges for the ensuing year. 

Art. 10. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the support of the Fire Department for the year ensuing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand 
dollars ($2,000) for the support of the Fire De- 
partment for the year ensuing. 

Art. 11. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the maintenance of the Public Library for the year en- 
suing. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two hundred 
and twenty- five dollars ($225) in addition to the 
funds in the hands of the Town Treasurer from the 
Dog-Tax, for the maintenance of the Public Libra- 
ry for the year ensuing. 

Art. 12. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the payment of Town Officers for the year ensuing. 



11 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand 
and one hundred and twenty-five dollars ($2125) 
for the payment of Town Officers for the year en- 
suing. 
Voted. That the salaries of the Town Officers be the same 
as recommended by the Committee on Appropria- 
tions, viz : 

For Town Treasurer, . . $ 50. 

<< Town Clerk,. . . . . 100. 

4 ' Board of Selectmen, . . 400. 

" " " Assessors, . . 350. 

" " " Overseers of Poor, . 150. 

" " " School Committee, . 200. 

" " " Fire Engineers, . 75. 

"' " " Auditors, . . 100. 

4 ' Tax Collector, for collecting tax war- 
rant of 1879, . . . 400. 
" Constables and Police Services, 300. 
Art. 13. To see how ranch money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for Street Lamps for the year ensuing. 
Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 
dollars ($1,000) for the maintenance of Street 
Lamps for the year ensuing. 
Art. 14. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for Miscellaneous Expenses for the year ensuing. 
Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen hundred 
dollars ($1,500) for the payment of Miscellaneous 
Expenses for the ensuing year. 
Art. 15. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for Town House Expenses for the year ensuing. 
Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 

dollars ($1,000) for the Town House Expenses. 
Art. 16. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate in order to meet the annual deficiency arising from abate- 
ments and discounts on tax lists. 
Voted. That the subject be indefinitely postponed. 

Art. 17. To see how much money the town will raise and appropriate 
for the purpose of additional improvement of the Park Ex- 
tension. 



12 

Voted. That the sum of one hundred dollars ($.100) be rais- 
ed and appropriated for the purpose of additional 
improvement of the Park Extension, and that the 
income from the sale of grass on the Common be 
added to this appropriation. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will authorize the expenditure of a speci- 
fied and limited sum for the purpose of improving the acous- 
tic properties of the Town Hall. 

Voted. That the Selectmen be authorized to have a screen 
put across the stage for the purpose of improving 
the acoustic properties of the Town Hall, the ex- 
penses not to exceed forty dollars (440) to be paid 
from the Miscellaneous Expenses. 

Art. 19. To nee what method the town wtll adopt for the Collection of 
Taxes for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That a committee be appointed by the Chair, who 
shall report to the town the best method for col- 
lecting taxes for the year ensuing. The Chair ap- 
pointed as that committee, Richard Britton, Wm. 
• F. Young and J. M. Cate, who offered the follow- 
ing report, which was afterwards accepted and 
adopted by vote. 

1st. That all taxes not exceeding the ?um of three dollars shall be paid on or 
before the first day of August, 1879. and if not paid within thirty days from 
that date, the Collector shall immediately proceed to collect them accord- 
ing to law. 

2d. one-half of all other taxes shall be payable on or before the fifteenth day 
of September. 1879, the other half on or before the fifteenth day of Februa- 
ry, 1880. That the Collector be authorized to allow a discount of four per 
cent, on all property taxes paid on or before the fifteenth day of September 
next. 

3d. All taxes not paid within fourteen days after they are due, a notice shall be 
issued to the delinquent demanding payment, for which twenty cents shall 
be charged additional, and on all fixes' not paid when due, interest at the 
rate of seven per cent, per annum shall be added uutil paid. 

4th. That all property taxes not paid on or before the fifteenth day of April •* 
1880, be advertised, and enough sold to pay the tax, interes t and expenses* 

5th. All taxes to be payable at the office of the Collector, he to notify all per- 
sons to be found by the presentment of their bills, at least two weeks be- 
fore the tax is due— poll taxes excepted. 

6th. The Collector to pay all money as fast as collected to the Treasurer, and 
he shall be required' to settle his tax-list within two years from the time of 
his election, and upon his failure to do so, the Town Treasurer be instruct- 
ed to sue the Collector's bonds. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will authorize their Collector of Taxes 

for the year ensuing to use all means for the collection of 

taxes which a Town Treasurer when appointed Collector may 

use. 



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Voted. That the Collector of Taxes for the year ensuing, 
be authorized to use all means for the collection of 
taxes which a Town Treasurer, when appointed 
Collector, may use. 

Art. 21. To determine the compensation of Enginemen for the year 
ensuing. 

After various motions had been made, that the compensation 
of Enginemen be fixed at $15.00, $12.00, $10.00 and a sum 
equal to the poll tax, and $20.00 including the poll tax, 
which were all rejected by the town, it was Voted that the 
compensation of Enginemen for the ensuing year, be fixed at 
the sum of thirteen dollars ($13) and a sum equal to the poll 
tax. (Yes, 142 ; No. 46.) 

Art. 22. To see what action the town will take in regard to providing 
lodgings, and employment as remuneration for the same, for 
travelling paupers, commonly designated as tramps. 

Voted. That the subject of this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen not to grant 
any licenses to sell alcoholic or malt beverages. 

A motion to pass this article over was lost. 
Voted. That the Selectmen be instructed not to grant any 
licenses to sell alchoholic or malt beverages for the 
year ensuing. 

Art. 24. To see what action the town will take in relation to the care 
and education of negiectecl children, as provided in Chapter 
283 of the Acts of the year 1866, and made compulsory upon 
towns having a population of five thousand, by Acts of 1878, 
Chapter 217. 

On motion of W. N. Tyler, it was 

Voted. That the Selectmen be, and hereby are, authorized 
and empowered for and on behalf of the town, to 
make all needful provisions and arrangements con- 
cerning the children named in Chapter 283 of the 
Public Laws of the year 1866, and to provide a 
place where such children may reside ; and also 
prepare all such By-Laws and Ordinances respect- 
ing such children as shall be deemed most condu- 



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cive to their welfare and the good order of the 
town, and report the same as early as maybe to the 
town for action thereon. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will authorize their Treasurer to hire 
money for the purpose of paying the funded loan of ten thou- 
sand dollars, maturing May 1, 1879. 

Voted. That the Treasurer be authorized to hire the sum of 

ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the purpose of 

paying the same amount of funded loan, maturing 

May 1, 1879. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will grant their Treasurer discretionary 
authority in regard to the sale by auction of such real estate 
as has been convej'ed to the town by Collector's tax-deeds, in 
cases where the owner does not redeem within the time pre- 
scribed by law, and where the titles upon examination ap- 
pear to be defective and invalid. 

Voted. That the Treasurer be authorized to use discretion- 
ary action with regard to a sale by auction of such 
real estate as has been conveyed to the town by 
tax Collector's deeds, and not redeemed by the 
owner within the time prescribed by law, when the 
titles upon examination appear to be defective and 
invalid ; and when it shall appear conclusive to the 
Treasurer and Selectmen that such titles are defec- 
tive and worthless, they maybe discarded from the 
report of the list of deeds held by the Treasurer. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will build a reservoir at, or near, the 
intersection of Chestnut and Emerson streets, or what action 
it will take thereon. 

Voted. That this article be referred to the Engineers with 
power to build a reservoir, and that the sum of four 
hundred dollars ($400) be raised and appropriated 
for that purpose. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will repair the sidewalk on the southerly 
side of Church Street from the corner of Main and Church 
Streets to the junction of Church and Lafayette Streets, or 
what action the town will take thereon. 

Voted. To refer this subject to the Selectmen. 



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Art. 29. To hear and act on the report of the committee chosen to- 
settle the claim of Rodney Edmands for Bounty, or what 
action the town will take in relation thereto. 

James Oliver, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Selectmen- 
made a verbal report in regard to Mr. Edmands 1 demand for 
Bount}', Having examined the case and employed counsels 
they thought Mr. Edmands had no just claim.' 

Voted. To accept the report of the Selectmen. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will instruct the committee on the Ed- 
mands' claim to settle and pay the same (if they have not 
already done so), and that no mone}' voted for the use of 
said committee shall be paid or used to defend the town in. 
said suit, or to pay for advice. 

Voted. That the Committee on the Rodney Edmand's claim 

be instructed to settle and pay Mr. Edmands the- 

sum of one hundred dollars ($100) and the interest 

on the same from 1863. (Yes, 68 ; No. 57.) 

Art. 31. To see what action the town will take to collect money 
belonging to the town, the evidence of which is in possession, 
of citizens of the town, or what they will do about it. 

Voted. That a committee of two be appointed to collect all 
money belonging to the town, and turn it over to- 
the Town Treasurer without expense to the town. 
E. A. Upton and Thomas W. Coombs were ap- 
pointed on that committee. 

Art. 32. To see what action the town will take towards enlarging the 
water- way beneath Water Street, from the outlet near the 
railroad crossing east of the Centre Depot, westerly, in order 
that the troublesome collection of water remaining on land 
iu the vicinity of Broadway may be allowed to escape. 

Voted. On motion of James Oliver to refer this matter to* 

a committee consisting of Geo. W. Aborn, M. S. 

South w r orth, Cyrus Kimball, C. F. Richardson and! 

Charles W. Trow r , to report at a future meeting, 

and serve without pay. 

Art. 33. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of 
fifty dollars ($50) for the expenses of the Fish Committee, 
during the year ensuing, or what they will do about it. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of fifty dollars. 



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[$50] to defray the expenses of the Fish Committee 
• , for the vear ensuing. 

Art. 34. To see it the town will choose Surveyors of Highways for 
, the year ensuing by ballot instead of in the customary 
method. 

This article was taken up earlier in the meeting, 
after action upon Article 3. It was first voted to 
choose the Highway Surveyors by ballot. A mo- 
tion to reconsider was carried in the affirmative, 
and it was then voted that the article be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Art. 35. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars ($150) for the purposes of Memo- 
rial Day, or what they will do in relation thereto. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars [$150] for the purposes of Memo- 
rial Day. 

ArT. 36. To see if the town will grant the free use of the Town Hall 
during the year ensuing, to the Temperance Organizations of 

I j Wakefield, for the purpose of holding temperance meetings, 

where no admission fee is charged, or what action the town 
will take in relation to the same. 

Voted. To grant the free use of the Town Hall to the Tem- 
perance Organizations of Wakefield for holding 
temperance meetings, where no admission fee is 
charged for the ensuino; year. 

Art. 37. To see if the town will encourage its citizens in protection 
against fire, outside of its present system of only heavy 
, v central machinery, by paying from the Fire Department 
Appropriation an annual sum, of one dollar each, to owners 
of efficient . portable hand force-pumps; and also pay the 
additional sum of five dollars, annually, to the owners of 
such pumps, who shall use them within the radius of a mile, 
j or at any other fire in town when so requested by the Chief 

Engineer, or other person duly authorized ; their number not 
to exceed one hundred — twenty in the Centre, and sixteen 
in each of the outer districts, and all to be personally exam- 
ined and approved at least twice annually, by some compe- 
tent person duly appointed for that purpose; these pumps 
to be well distributed in the respective districts. 

Voted. To pass the article over. 



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Art. 38. To see if the town will make an appropriation for two addi- 
tional street lamps ; one to be located between the houses of 
Mr. Darling and Mr. Kendrieks, and one about midway 
between the house and shop of Russell Seaver, on Main 
Street, Greenwood. 



Voted 
Art. 39. 



To refer this article to the Selectmen with discre- 
tionary power. 



To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to change the 
location of the lamp near the Greenwood Depot, to the oppo- 
site side of the street, and to a point a few rods further 
north ; also, to change the location of the lamp now standing 
near the house of W. H. Stevens, to a point further south, 
and opposite the house of J. Niles Kimball. 

Voted. That this article be referred to the Selectmen, with 
discretionary power. 

Art. 40. To take action on the question of raising and appropriating 
two hundred dollars to grade the sidewalk on the north side, 
and to build one on the south side of Bryant Street, and to 
repair said street. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of two hundred 

dollars (200) to repair the sidewalks, and grade 

Bryant Street. 

Art. 41 To see if the town will choose at each annual April meeting, 
a Committee on Appropriations, who shall duly report atth« 
next annual meeting. 

This article was taken up early in the meeting, and 
it was 

Voted. To choose a Committee on Appropriations, said 
committee to report at the next annual meeting. 

Voted. That the committee of thirteen chosen to bring in a 
list of town officers not chosen by ballot, shall add 
the Appropriation Committee to their list. (For 
names see their report on page 9.) 

Art. 42. To see if the town will reconsider its action of April Is*, 
1878, whereby it accepted the provisions of Chapter 186 of 
the Acts of the year 1877, in relation to the election of Over- 
seers of the Poor for three years. 

This article was indefinitely postponed. 



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Art. 43. To see if the town will instruct the Engineers to appoint a 
Company for the C. Wakefield Engine, for the year com- 
mencing May 1st, 1879, or what they will do in relation 
thereto. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 44. To see if the town will exempt from taxation the property 
heretofore known as the Franklin Foundry, for the space of 
three years, from May 1st, 1879, provided the company occu- 
pying those premises shall give preference of employment 
to the people of the town, and shall have a paid up capital 
stock of not less than $80,000. 

Motions to lay on the table and indefinitely post- 
pone were both rejected, and it was 

Voted. To refer the whole matter to the Assessors. 

Art. 45. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of two 
hundred and fifty dollars ($250) for the payment of bills now 
in the hands of the Selectmen, on account of the removal of 
snow during the past year. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 46. . To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of two 
hundred and fifty dollars ($250) to be used by the Select- 
men daring the year ensuing, if necessary, for labor required 
in the removal of snow. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 47. To hear and act upon the reports of committees. 

E. A. Upton, Esq., in behalf of the Committee chosen No- 
vember 5, 1878, "To see if the town will appoint the 
members of C. Wakefield Engine Co. Enginemen for the 
term of one year, commencing Nov. 15, 1878," made a verbal 
report that the town had no authority to act in the matter. 

The report was accepted. 

The following resolution was adopted by the town. 

Resolved. That the Town Clerk be instructed to take possession of all 
ballots cast for Town Officers, and preserve the same for the 
space of three months. 

A vote of thanks was then given to the Moderator, 
and at 6.15 p.m. it was voted to dissolve the meet- 
ing. 



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Town Meeting, April 28, 1879, 

AT 7 1-2 o'clock, p.m. 

Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

Samuel K. Hamilton was elected Moderator. 

Art. 2. To choose one member of the Board of Health for the year 
ensuing, in place of Dr. S. W. Abbott, who declines to serve 
on that Board. 

Voted. That a committee of three be appointed to retire 

and nominate a candidate for member of the Board 

of Health. Azel Ames, Jr., Lucius Beebe and 

Stephen Lufkin were appointed as that committee, 

. and they reported the name of John M. Cate, who 

was elected by hand ballot, the vote standing as 

follows. Yes, 138 ; No. 100. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will by ballot rescind its action taken on 
the seventh clay of April, A.D., 1879, in relation to instruct- 
ing the Selectmen not to grant licenses to sell alcoholic and 
malt beverages. 

A motion was made to adjourn but rejected. It 
was then voted on motion of B. F. Bancroft to 
pass the article over by a vote of Yes, 231 ; No, 
219. 

A motion was then made to dissolve the meeting, 
and carried in the affirmative. Yes, 231 ; No. 
. 212, and the meeting was dissolved. 

The remaining articles in the warrant upon which 
no action was taken were as follows, viz. : 

Art. 4. To see if the town will instruct the Engineers to appoint a 
Company for the C. Wakefield Engine, for the year com- 
mencing May 1st, 1879, or what they will do in relation 
thereto. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will expend the sum of one hundred dol- 
lars to build a sidewalk on the westerly side of Vernon Street, 
between Water and Pleasant Streets. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will vote to choose Highway Surveyors 
by ballot at the next annual municipal election. 



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Art. 7. To see if the town will limit the free use of the Town Hall 
by the Temperance Organizations of Wakefield to a specified 
number of evenings, during the year ensuing. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will expend the sum of fifty dollars 
to repair the sidewalk upon the westerly side of Pleasant 
Street, between Vernon and Eaton Streets. 

Art. 9. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of five hundred 
dollars to repair and grade Main Street, commencing at 
Salem street, and running as far as the corner of Crescent 
Street. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will direct that all disbursements of the 
public moneys be made through the Treasurer, and that all 
bills properly approved by the various Boards be paid by 

j their orders. 

Art. 11. To see what action the town will take in relation to choosing 
a committee of three to examine into the past and present- 
system of managing our Town Farm ; to see if that farm can 
be made more self-supporting in the future, than it has been 
in the past, or what they will do about it. 

Art. 12. To hear and act upon the reports of Gommittees heretofore 
chosen. 



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Town Meeting, May 19, 1879, 

AT 7 1-2 o'clock, p.m. 

Art, 1. To choose, by ballot, a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
Samuel K. Hamilton was elected Moderator, having 
eighty-one votes. E. A. Upton had three votes. 

jfLHT. 2. To choose by ballot one member of the Board of Health for 

the year ensuing. 
Art. 8. To see if the town will, by ballot, rescind its action taken on 

the seventh day ot April, a.d., 1879 in relation to instructing 

the Selectmen not to grant licenses to sell alcoholic and malt 

beverages. 

.Voted. To proceed to ballot for one member of the Board 
of Health in place of S. W. Abbott, who declined 
to serve. 



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yOTED. On motion OlE. A. Upton that Articles 2 and 3 be 
taken up together, and that the voting be carried 

on together. Y<>. 211 ; No, 131. 
Motion that when the poll> are open for the recep- 
tion of ballots* they remain open for one hour. 
[Lost.] 
Voted. That all those who are in favor of rescinding the 
action taken April 7, 1871), in regard to the selling 
of alcoholic and malt beverages will vote Yes- y 
those opposed, No. 

The chair appointed to superintend the check-list 
J. K. L. Baker, Oliver Walton, H. L. Day ar.J 
M. J. Hill, and for sorting and counting votes, 
E. A. Upton, E. E. Emerson, W. S. Greenough, 
O. H. Teague, W. E. Young, and J. A. Maloney. 

Result of the ballot. 

For member of Board ot Health. 

John M. Gate, - - . 187 votes. 

James E. Abbott, - - - 132 

And Mr. Cate was declared elected. 

On rescinding vote of April 7, 1879 in relation to 

granting licenses to sell liquors and malt beverages 

Yes, 200; No, 247. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will order a bell to be placed upon the 
Franklin street school-house, orwhat actionthey will take **v 
the matter. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. o. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of five hundred- 
dollars to repair and grade Main street, commencing at 
Salem Street and running as far as the corner of Crescent 
Street. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. G. To see if the town will expend the sum of one hundred dol- 
lars to build a sidewalk on the westerly side of Vernon Street 
between Water and Pleasant Streets. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 



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Art. 7. To see if the town will expend the sum of fifty dollars to 
repair the sidewalk upon the westerly side of Pleasant Street 
between Vernon and Eaton Streets. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of two 
hundred dollars to grade Pleasant Street from Salem to 
Eaton street. 

Voted. That this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Art. 9. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen not to grant 
the use of the Town Hall to any society, church, organization 
or individual whatever, except upon payment of the full 
price thereof. 

Voted. To pass this article over. Yes, 146; No. 91. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will direct that all disbursements of the 
public moneys be made through the Treasurer, and that all 
bills properly approved by the various Boards, be paid by 
their orders. 

Voted. On motion of W. G. Strong that the town direct 
that all disbursements of the public moneys be 
made through the Treasurer, and that all bills prop- 
erly approved by the various Boards, be paid by 
their orders on the Treasurer of the town. 

Later in the meeting, this action was by vote re- 
considered, and the whole subject indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 11. To see what action the town will take in relation to choosing 
a committee of three to examine into the past and present 
system of managing our Town Farm, to see if that farm can 
be made more self-supporting in the future than it has been 
in the past, or what they will do about it. 

Voted. On motion of W. G. Strong, that the town choose 
a committee of three to investigate the past and 
present system of managing the Town Farm, to 
see if the farm can be made to be more self-supporting 
in the future than it has in the past, and report at 
some future town meeting, and would name for 
that committee Wm. F . Young, John M. Cate, 
Henry H. Savage. 



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This vote was amended by giving the committee 

power to examine all books and papers belonging 

to the Overseers' department. 

Art. 12. To see if the town will vote to choose Highway Surveyors 
by ballot at its next annual meeting. 

Voted. That hereafter the Highway Surveyors be chosen by 

ballot. 

Art. 13. To hear and act upon the reports of Committees heretofore 
chosen. 

James Oliver, Chairman of Board of Selectmen and Com- 
mittee on Edmands' claim reported that when Mr. Edmands 
would give satisfactory receipts they were ready to settle 
with him. His taxes for 1877-8 were due, and the disbursing 
officers have a right to deduct the amount due the town for 
taxes, out of his claim, and Mr. Edmands would not be paid 
until the taxes were paid. (No action taken.) ■ 
. Thomas W. Coombs, chosen on Committee at the annual 
meeting to collect money now in the hands of individuals, 
and belonging to the town, reported that several persons had 
obtained from the town, money which did not belong to them 
and soon as possible measures would be taken to have it paid 
back again without cost to the town. (No further action 
taken). 

Voted. To dissolve the meeting. 



Town Meeting, September 1, 1879, 

AT 7 o'clock, p. m. 

Article 1. To choose, by ballot, a Moderator to preside in said meet- 
ing. 

Wm. S. Grecnough had five votes and was declar- 
ed elected Moderator. 

There being but a small number of voters present, 
a motion to adjourn for one week at 7 1-2 o'clock 
p. m., prevailed, and the Moderator declared the 
meeting adjourned. 



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Adjourned Meeting, September 8, 1879. 

AT 7 1-2 o'clock p. m. 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator, 

W: S. Greenough, and proceeded under Art. 2. 

Article 2. To see what compensation, if any, the town will autho- 
rize to be paid to Sumner Weston, on account of injuries re- 
ceived upon West Water street. 

Voted. That this article be referred to a committee of three, 
who shall thoroughly investigate the matter and re- 
port at the next town meeting. 

Voted. That the Selectmen be that Committee. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of the town committee upon 
the subject of improved drainage of the Lake Street District. 

C. F. Richardson, in behalf of the committee on 
drainage of the Lake Street District, submitted 
their report. (Report placed on file in hands of 
Town Clerk.) 

Voted. To accept the report. 

Voted. That any further action in the matter be indefinitely 

postponed. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will allow interest to be paid upon the 
claim of Patrick Fay, for balance of town bounty. 

Voted. That the town pay interest upon the claim of Patrick 

Fay for balance of town bounty. 

Art. o. To see if the town will construct a bridge in the place of the 
old one, over the stream on the Lynnfield and Wakefield line, 
or what action they will take in the matter. 

Voted. That the subject matter of this article be left to the 
Selectmen, to take such action as they think best. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will cause the river to be cleared out from 
Water street to the Saugus line, or what they will do about it. 

Voted. That any action on this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 7. To see if the town will cause Pleasant street, from Salem to 
Elton street, to be graded, and appropriate the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars for the purpose. 






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Voted. To indefinitely postpone the subject of this article. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will re-consider its former action, requir- 
ing all new streets to be laid out forty feet wide at least. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 9. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen with refer- 
ence to the laying out of the private way known as Auburn 
street, as a public town way. 

James Oliver submitted a report of the Selectmen 
for the laying out as a town way, the private way 
known as Auburn street. 

(Report recorded in Commissioners' Records, 
Book 1, Folio 58.) ) 

Voted. To accept the report. 

Voted. That this report be referred back to the Selectmen 
to report again at the next town meeting, and to in- 
clude in their report the probable expense of lay- 
ing out the street forty feet wide instead of thirty. 

Art. 10. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen with ref- 
erence to the laying out, as a public town-way the private- 
way leading easterly from Lake to Foundry street. 

James Oliver, Esq., submitted a report of the Se- 
lectmen for a new street from Lake to Foundry 
street. 

Voted, To accept the report. / 

Voted. To adopt the report. 

(Report recorded in Commissioners' Records, Book 
1, Folio 59, under the title of Maple Street. 

Art. 11. To hear and act upon the reports of town committees. 
There being no committees to report it was 

Voted, That the meeting be dissolved. 



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Town Meeting, November A, 1879. 

STATE ELECTIOX. 

Meeting was ealled to order by James Oliver, Esq., Chair- 
man of the Board of Seleetmen. After the reading of the 
warrant, prayer was offered by the Rev. R. B. Eiddell. 
Voted. That the polls be closed at 4 45 o'clock r. m. 

The polls were then declared open for the reception of 
ballots for the various officers named in the warrant. 



RESULT OF THE BALLOT. 

For Governor. 

JOHX D. LONG, of Hingham 440 

BEXJAMIX F. BUTLER, of Lowell 337 

JOHX QUIXCY ADAMS, of Qnincy, 30 

DAXIEL C. EDDY, of Hyde Park, ' 2 

For Lieutenant Governor. 

BYRON WESTON, of Dalton, 468 

ALBERT C. WOODWORTH, of Chicopee, .... 306 

WILLIAM R. PLUXKETT, of Pittsfield, .... 33 

For Secretary of State. 

HEXRY B. PEIRCE, of Abington 485 

MICHAEL T. DOXDHOE, of Somerville, .... 317 

HEXRY L. PEIRCE, of Somerville, 1 

For Treasurer and Receiver General. 

CHARLES EXDICOTT, of Canton, 474 

DAVID X SKILLIXGS, of Winchester, .... 300 

GEORGE DUTTOX, of Springfield, 2q 

JOHX O'HEA, of Winchester, 1 

For Auditor. 

CHARLES R, LADD, of Springfield, 474 

DAVIS J. KING, of Boston. 299 

CHARLES R. FIELD, of Greenfield, ..... 33 



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For Attorney General. 

GEORGE MARSTOX, of New Bedford, .... 472 

WM. D. NORTHEND, of Salem, 270 

HORACE BINNEY SARGENT, of Salem, .... 30 

RICHARD OLNEY, of Boston, ...... 33 

Fob Councillor, 6th District. 

GEORGE HEYWOOD, of Concord, 474 

JOHN C. SANBORN, of Lawrence, 331 

Fob Senatob, 6th Middlesex Distbict. 

DANIEL RUSSELL, of Melrose, 473 

JAMES SKINNER, of Woburn, 301 

CHARLES H. LANG, of Reading, 31 

Foil District Attorney. 

JOHN W. HAMMOND, of Cambridge. .... 475 
JAMES J. McCAFFERTY, of Lowell, 330 

Fob Sheriff. 

EBEN W. FISKE, of Waltharn, , 475 

JOHN A. G. RICHARDSON, of Lowell .... 331 

For County Commissioner. 

DANIEL G. WALTON, of Wakefield, 478 

THOMAS H, HILL, of Woburn, 320 

EUGENE OLIVER, of Wakefield, 1 

For Coubtt Treasurer. 

AMOS STONE, of Everett, 473 

ALDEN WARREN, of Groton, 299 

DAVID D. HART, of Woburn, 29 

For Register of Deeds. Southern District. 

CHARLES B. STEVENS, of Cambridge, .... 806 

For Representatiye to the General Court, 11th Middle 

District. 

LUCIUS BEEBE, of Wakefield, 392 

AZEL AMES, Jb., of Wakefield, . 
WILLIAM S. GREENOL'GII, of Wakefield, 
JOSHUA WHITTEMORE, of Wakefield, 

At 6.20 o'clock, p.m., this meeting was dissolved. 



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MEETING FOR TOWN BUSINESS. 



AT TWO O CLOCK, P. M. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

William W. Tyler was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To receive and act upon the List of Jurors as prepared and 
posted by the Selectmen in accordance with law. 

Voted. That the List of Jurors, prepared by the Select- 
men and presented to the town, be accepted and 
adopted. (For List of Jurors see Page 5.) 

Art. 3. To see if the town will authorize the payment of interest on 
bounties from the date of discharge, to the time their full 
bounties were received, to those men who enlisted on the 
quota of this town during the late Rebellion, and who were 
honorably discharged from service. 

Voted. To pass this article over. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen with ref- 
erence to cost of land should Auburn street be laid out forty 
feet in width. 

James Oliver, Esq,, in behalf of the Selectmen presented a 
report with reference to cost of land, should Auburn Street 
be laid out fort}' feet in width, estimating the entire cost at 
$840.90. (See Report in Town Clerk's Records, Book G, 
Folio 548. 

Voted. To accept the report. 

It was then 

Voted. To adopt the former report of the Selectmen, which 
was accepted by the town, September 8, 1879, 
laying out Auburn Street thirty feet in width, at 
an estimated cost of $200. 

[This Report is recorded in Commissioners' Re- 
cords, Book 1, Page 58.] 

Art. 5\ To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen on Sumner 
Weston's claim for damages. 

James Oliver, Esq., presented a report of the Selectmen on 
• the claim of Sumner Weston for damages, recommending 
$125 as compensation. 



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Voted. To accept the report. [Report recorded in Town 
Clerk's Records. Book 6, page 550.] 

Voted. That the sum of $125 be paid to Mr. Weston in 

full, for all compensation, and that that sum be 

appropriated by the town. 
Art. 6. To see if the town will pay the expenses and counsel fees 
incurred by said town, or for which the C. Wakefield Engine 
Company became responsible to the Selectmen, for the pay- 
ment thereof, in the equity suit instituted by W. S. Greenough 
et als against said town, or what action, if any, it will take 
thereon. 

On motion of E. A. Upton it was 

Voted. That the town pay all expenses and counsel fees 
incurred by the town, or for which the C. Wake- 
field Engine Company became responsible for the 
payment thereof, in defending the equity suit 
wherein W. S. Greenough and others are the com- 
plainants, and the inhabitants of said town respon-. 
dents, praying that the said inhabitants may be re- 
strained from paying the members of the C. Wake- 
field Engine Company for services rendered to said 
town as Enginemen from May 1st. ,a. d. 1877 to May 
1st., a. d. 1878, and the sum of $200 be appro- 
priated for that purpose. 

Voted. That the meeting, so far as relates to town business 
be dissolved. 



-*♦♦- 



Town Meeting, February 9, 1880. 

Art. 1. To choose by ballot a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

James Oliver was chosen Moderator by 14 votes. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will increase, in the sum of seven hun- 
dred dollars, the amount of appropriation lor the payment of 
miscellaneous expenses for the current year, or what action 
they will take in the matter. 



30 



Voted, That the sum of seven hundred dollars be appro- 
priated to increase the fund for miscellaneous ex- 
penses. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon report of the Selectmen with reference 
to widening Crescent and Eaton Streets, near their junction. 
James Oliver, Esq., Chairman of Board of Selectmen pre- 
sented their report. 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report. 

Eeport placed on file, and recorded with Commis- 
sioner's Eecords, Book 1, Page 60. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon reports of committees. 

There being no committee to report it was 

Voted. To dissolve the meeting. 



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AUDITORS' REPORT. 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1879-80. 



Regular, $1,500 
Additional, 700 



For Town Debt, .... 
Interest on Town Debt, 
Support of Schools, . 
School Contingent Fund, . 
Support of the Poor, 

" " " Fire Department, 
Salaries of Town Officers, . 
Expenses of Street Lamps, 
Town House Expenses, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

Highways and Bridges, . 

Support of Beebe Town Library, $225 00 ^ 
Also Dog Tax 1878-9, . . 295 18 $ 

New Park Extension,, . . . $100 00) 
Also Sale of Grass, ... 49 25 J" 

Reservoir Cor. Chestnut and Emerson Sts., 

Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, . 

Expenses of Fish Committee, 

Bryant Street Appropriation, 

Maple " " . . . 

Auburn " " . . . 

Injunction Expenses, C. Wakefield Engine 
Company, . . . . . 

Claim of Sumner AVeston, 

Highway Repairs at Junction of Eaton and 
Crescent Streets, . . . . 



$5,000 00 
6,000 00 

10,500 00 
1,000 00 
5,000 00 
2,000 00 
2,125 00 
1,000 00 
1,000 00 

I 2,200 00 

3,500 00 

520 18 

149 25 

400 00 

150 00 
50 00 

200 00 
125 00 
200 00 

200 00 
125 00 

50 00 



Total 



. $41,494 43 



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SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 



Appropriation authorized, 


• • • * 


$10,500 00 


Expended as follows : 






TEACHERS 1 SALARIES. 




taid Melvin J. Hill, 


High School, . 


. $430 83 


Abbott Sanford, 


a ■ ■ H 


600 00 


Martha Keith, Ass't " " 


587 50 


Lucy P. Greenough, 


a a a 


239 99 


M. E. Wentworth, 


Advanced Grammar 


611 98 


Abbie S. Perkins, 


First " 


489 59 


Frederick S. Cutter, 


Second " 


698 31 


M. Annie Warren, 


Third 


411 25 


Elenora Hutchinson, 


1st Intermediate, 


154 25 


Jenny L. Dearborn, 


2d 


274 06 


Clara E. Emerson, 


2d 


81 00 


Alice A. Alexander, 


3d 


355 08 


Myra A. Stearns, 


1st Primary, 


352 50 


M. I. Hersey, 


2d 


391 65 


; Geo. F. Wilson, 


Music Teacher, 


431 26 


Francella M. Evans, 


North, . . 


374 66 


Annie R. Killoran, 


East, 


374 66 


Nellie A. Miller, 


West Int., 


352 50 


L. J. Mansfield, 


" Primary, 


352 50 


Mary J. George, 


Greenwood, 


374 65 


Alice Field, 


Franklin Int., 


372 09 


Emma L. Upham, 


" Primary, 


352 50 


Alice A. Hammond, 


Woodville 


141 50 


Hat tie M. Upham, 


a 


108 00 


Clara J. Coney, 


a 


108 00 



Total for Salaries, 



,020 31 



33 



JANITORS* SERVICES. 



Paid Wm. H. Wiley, High School Building, 
Geo. E. Gamage, Centre District, 
Henry Phelps, North " 



W\ C. Perkins, 
Geo. H. Wiley, 
F. L. Knight, 
W. W. Bessey, 
H. C. Wilson, 
H. F. Abbott, 
I. F. Sheldon, 
Joseph Tuttle, 



it 



East 

West 

Franklin, 



a 



i i 



South 
Woodville" 



$180 


00 


180 


00 


7 


00 


28 


00 


9 


00 


32 


00 


76 


00 


21 


00 


56 


00 


35 


00 


40 


00 



Total for Janitors, 



$664 00 



FUEL ACCOUNT. 



Paid S. E. Benson, 



50 tons Furnace 


Coal at $4.75, . 


. $237 50 


80 tons Egg 


4.75, . 


403 75 


Geo. W. A born, 






2,200 lbs. Coal, 


Franklin Street, 


7 15 


2,000 " 


Centre District, 


6 50 


2,350 " 


Woodville, 


7 65 


2,400 " 


Greenwood, 


7 80 


2,475 " 


Franklin Street, 


6 72 


2,200 " 


West District, 


6 60 


2,200 " 


Centre * ' 


6 75 


2,000 « 


a a 


6 00 


5 Cords Pine W 


ood, at $5.00 


25 00 


1 Cord 2 ft., Oak, 


8 85 


Geo. E. Gamage. 


Preparing fuel, . 


1 67 


W. W. Bessey, 


a a 


4 37 


W. C. Perkins, 


it n 


2 83 


H. F. Abbott, 


n a 


3 50 



Total Fuel Account, 



$742 64 



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Recapitulation. 

Appropriation brought forward, 
Expended: 

For Salaries of Teachers, $9,020 31 

" Janitors, 664 00 

Fuel account, 742 64 



. $10,500 00 



Total, . 

Balance unexpended and now in 
hands of School Committee, 



$10,426 95 



$73 05 



SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND. 

Hegular Appropriation authorized, . . . $1,000 00 
Unexpended balance in hands of School 

Committee as per last report, • . 97 64 

Eeceived from sale of stove, . . • 10 00 

" " rebate on school books, . 9 22 



Total, 


• • 


$1,116 86 


Expended as follows : 
Paid Geo. H. Teague, Kepairs, 1878-9, 


135 00 


n a a a 


1879-80, 


52 36 


Sidney IVlerchant, " 


1878-9, 


38 61 


S. F. Littlefield& Co., " 


1879-80, , 


47 24 


Israel A. Parsons, " 


a 


41 90 


Daniel Goss & Co., " 
L. J. Descalzo, " 




15 05 
3 57 


Dennis Greany, " 

M. C. Taylor, 

W. J. Moulton, " 


a 

a 
a 


16 25 

2 37 
27 50 



Amount carried forward. 



$3 79 85 



35 



<< 



a 



a 



a 



a 



a 



a 



Amount brought forward, 

Paid Bacon & Sweetser, repairs, 1879, '80, 

D. P. Mason, 

J. B. Whitney, 

Z. F. Fairbanks, 

J. H. Went worth, Pump, 

James Westgate, Lumber, 

C. A. Cheney, books and stationery, 

W. H. Gray, " " " 

Edward E. Lee, " " " 

J. L. Hammett, school supplies, 

Boston School Supply Co. 

Wm. Ware & Co., 

Houghton, Osgood & Co., " 

Smith & Co., " 

Gunn & Heath, " 

F. E. Stuart, 
A. G. Whit comb, 
A. H. Davenport, 
Weeks & Potter, 
Doane & Greenough, stationery, 
W. H. Twombly, printing, 
M. J. Hill, 
Geo. F. Wilson, music " " 
S. B. Dearborn, . printing " " 
Amer. Bank Note Co., printing diplomas, 

G. C. Cannon, writing " 
Emma A. Currier, copying, . 
Henry C. Abbott, taking census, 
W. G. Baker & Co., shades, 
Wakefield Rattan Co., matting, . 
Geo. F. Wilson, tuning piano, 
C. R. Hamilton, repairing clocks, 



settees, . 
desks, 

a 

chemicals, 



sundries for graduation, 



$379 85 

22 98 
8 70 
6 25 

3 92 
28 50 

2 79 
6 73 

46 29 
59 75 

27 59 
17 25 

*16 40 

2 43 

63 62 
15 GO 
12 60 

28 00 
46 50 

23 21 
44 00 
31 40 

4 99 

10 GO 

11 75 
6 DO 

1 75 

3 00 
25 00 

4 29 
10 50 

2 00 
2 00 



Amount carried forward, 



'79 04 



* SI 08 of this amount refunded and paid to Town Treasurer. 



36 



f 



Amount brought forwa 
faidC. H. R. Cheney, 
John P. Dodge, 


rd, 
repairing clock, 

■ 


$975 04 
1 50 
6 00 


B. F. Abbott, 


a it 

• 


1 00 


C. H. Stearns, 


setting trees, . 


4 50 


F. S. Cutter, 
C. H. Patch, 


travelling expenses, 
sundries, 


4 20 
2 75 


J. H. Eaton, express, . 
Citizens' Gas Light Co. , for gas, . 


5 25 
9 45 


C. B. Deming, 


dusters and cushions, 


6 00 


J. W. Locke, 
Geo. E. Gamage, 


envelopes and stamps 
extra labor, &c, 


12 68 
27 11 


W. W. Bessey, 
W. H. Wiley, 
W. C. Perkins, 


<< 44 


11 25 
9 00 
3 00 


I. F. Sheldon, 


a («. 


1 75 


H. F. Abbott, 


44 44 

Total 


52 


• 


$1,081 00 


Recap itulation . 
Receipts by Committee brought forward, . 
Expended as above, . 


$1,116 86 
1,081 00 



Balance unexpended, now in hands of School 

Committee, . . . . . $35 86 

The School Committee have also received from 
the Town Treasurer the amount received by 
him from the Mass. State Fund for 1879, 
amounting to $191 42, which leaves balanc- 
es in the hands of S. K. Hamilton, Sec'y of 
the Board, as follows, viz : 
Unexpended balance of regular appropria- 
tion, . . . . . . $ 73 05 

Unexpended balance of contingent appro- 
priation, . • • • 35 86 
Mass. State Fund for 1879, . . . 191 42 



Total, 



$300 33 



37 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Appropriation authorized, . .. .. . 

Expended as follows ; 

YALE ENGINE COMPANY. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1879, 
J. H. Emerson, Steward's services, 

Andrew Young, use of horses, 1878, 

Citizen's Gas L't Co. gas, 
S. F. Littlefield& Co., repairs, . 
Wakefield Rattan Co., shades, . 
L. H. Holbrook, use of horse, 

A. L. Marshall, paper hanging, 

Israel A. Parsons, repairs, 
Hunneman & Co., repairing hose, 
J. F.Woodward & Son., supplies, 
J. J. Mansfield, fuel, 

Total, 



$2,000 00 



$765 86 

37 00 

38 00 
4 20 
1 75 

10 75 

3 00 

17 18 

7 00 

7 50 

1 20 

6 25 

$899 69 



Mr. Young's bill for the present year was presented too late for payment, amount- 
ing to $36.00. 



CHEMICAL ENGINE CO. 



8 



Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1879, 
Justin Howard, Steward's Services, . 
Charles Jordan, Rent, lyr. to Aug. 15,1879, 



Cutler Bros., 

C. W. Badger, 

W. C. Stoddard, 

J. J. Mansfield, 

S. F. Littlefield&Co., 

C. H. Davis, 

J. F. Woodward & Son., 

Roger Howard, 

Total, 



soda, . 
chemicals, 

fuel, 
repairs, 



$176 75 


12 


62 


50 


00 


20 


28 


3 


74 


3 


15 


3 


70 




90 


1 


00 


1 


60 


1 


25 



$274 99 



38 



WASHINGTON HOOK AND LADDER CO. 

Paid Firemen's services to May 1st, 1879, 

Warren Institution for Savings, Rent from 

March 1st, 1879 to Jan. 1, 1880 
Fred Emerson, Steward services, 

J. J. Mansfield, fuel, 

Citizens Gas Lt. Co. gas, 
A. S. Cobb, use of horses, 

Israel A. Parsons, repairs, 
S. F. Littlefield&Co., " 
C. A. Perkins, sundries, 

Total, 

SUNDRY OTHER EXPENSES. 

Paid Abraham Gould, Rent of land for Engine 
House, .... 

Geo. I. Oliver, Care of property, 
C. H. Burdett et ah. Extinguishing fires, 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., lock and staples, 



Geo. H. Teague, 
I. F. Sheldon, 
N. H. Dow, 
John H. Eaton, 



repairing pumps, 

44 44 

44 44 

" well, 
express, 
care of reservoirs, 

44 44 



ringing bell, 1878, 



44 



I. F. Sheldon, 
J. H. Emerson, 
J. F. Alexander, 
E. W, Eaton, 
John M. Cate, 
Henry Davis, 
Jos. D. Mansfield, " . 

Cash drawn by C. H. Davis, Chief Engineer, for 
sundry repairs on Yale Engine House, 



supplies for firemen, 
loam, . 
sundries, 



$326 50 

120 00 

18 00 



1 
1 
2 
1 



75 
05 
50 
00 
13 
00 



$472 93 



00 
00 
00 
55 
82 
42 
15 
00 
00 



10 00 

2 00 

4 00 

3 50 
17 04 

5 80 
2 00 
2 15 

50 00 



Total, 



$128 43 



39 

Recapitulation . 

Yale Engine Co., ...... 

Chemical Engine Co., ..... 

Washington Hook & Ladder Co., . . 
Sundry other Expenses, ..... 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 

$2,000 00 
C. H. Davis, Chief Engineer, presents vouchers as follows 
for the fifty dollars drawn by him for repairs on Yale Engine 
House, viz. : 

Paid Z. F. Fairbanks, painting and papering, . $20 58 , 
W. J. Moulton, mason work, . . 8 50 



$899 69 


274 


99 


472 


93 


128 


43 


L, 776 04 


223 


96 



Total, . . ... 29 08 

Balance in hands of C. H. Davis, to meet bills 

already contracted for repairs, . . 20 92 



50 00 



. SUPPORT OF THE POOR. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $5,000 00 

Paid Cyrus N. White, Chairman of Board of 

Overseers, as per receipts, . . . 5,500 00 



Balance overdrawn, . . . $500 00 

For details of Expenditures see Report of Overseers of 
the Poor. 

The Auditors are of the opinion that this Appropriation 
should not have been overdrawn without a special vote of the 



40 

town, and would refer to a vote passed at the annual meet- 
ing of 1878, viz : 

Voted, " That the Appropriation for the Poor be governed 
by the same rules that govern other appropriations, 
and that the amount expended be limited to the 
appropriation voted." 



SALARIES OF TOWN OFFICERS. 



Appropriation authorized, 


• 


• 


$2,125 00 


Expended as follows : 








Paid Board of Auditors for 1878-9, . 






$100 00 


" Selectmen, 1879-80, 






400 00 


i ' Assessors i < 






350 00 


" Overseers of Poor, " 






150 00 


" School Committee, " 






200 00 


" Engineers, " 






75 00 


J. F. Emerson, Treasurer 1878-9, 






50 00 


C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, 1879-80 




100 00 


Richard Britton, Collector in full for 1877, 


100 00 


" «* " onacc'tforl879, 


300 00 


Constables and Police, as follows, 


viz : 






C. H. Davis, 


$76 00 




F. G. Coker, . 


61 


20 




I. A. Parsons, . 


46 


64 




H. W. Eusti? . 


16 


90 




J. H. Eaton, ...,.• 


15 


80 




John McMahon, 


10 


50 





Amounts carried forward, 



$227 04 $1,825 00 



41 

$1825 00 



■* Amounts brought forward, „ 


$227 04 


Paid Timothy lieagan, 


3 00 


John Drugan, 


3 65 


Howard Emerson, 


4 00 


J. P. Alexander, 


3 00 


Alexander Turnbull, . 


7 00 


David Flanders, 


7 00 


Oliver Walton, . 


5 00 



Total, . . . . . $259 69 



Amount expended, . . . $2,084 69 
Balance unexpended, . . 40 31 



Total, . . . . .$2,125 00 

The Appropriation for Constables and Police vras $300 ; 
hence the unexpended balance of $40.31 comes from that 
department. We understand, however that there are some 
outstanding Police bills, which were presented too late for 
payment. 



SUPPORT OF THE BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 

JRegular Appropriation, . . . . $225 00 

Dog tax of 1878-9, . . . . . 295 18 



Total, . . . . . $520 18 

Paid C. W. -Eaton, Treas. of Board of Trustees 

as per receipts, ..... $520 18 

For Expenditures see Trustees' Report. 



42 



EXPENSE OF STREET LAMPS. 



Appropriation authorized, 


. $1,000 00 


Expended as follows : 




Paid Citizens' Gas Lt. 


Co., for gas, 


. $493 51 


E. W- Ricker, 


" lighting, 


33 08 


T. H. Beagan, 


a ti 


150 50 


Henry Phelps, 


<< << 2 y 


rs. 20 00 


I. F. Sheldon, 


a a 


90 00 


k< c« 


sundries, 


6 17 


E. W. Kicker, 


a 


1 20 


Henry Phelps, 


a 


3 00 


L. J. Descalzo, 


repairs, 


15 91 


McNally & Gray, 


<« 


2 25 


Z. F. Fairbanks , 


i i 


5 73 


John Starrett, 


u 


6 00 


F. G. Coker, 


a 


19 75 


B. P. Bowman, 


lanterns, 


28 75 


C. W. Eaton, 


• 


5 75 


Nathaniel Tufts, 


posts, &c, 


37 00 


Edward Coe, 


gas cocks, 


6 00 


B. B. Burbank, 


burner tips, 


60 


Cutler Bros., 


supplies, . 
» » • • 


17 36- 


Total, 


. $942 56 


Balance 


unexpended, . 


57 44 




$1,000 00 



DECORATION OF SOLDIERS' GRAVES. 
Appropriation authorized, . . • . . $150 00 

Paid John W. Locke, Q'rraaster Post 12, G.A.R. 150 00 



43 



TOWN HOUSE EXPENSES. 



Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 



$1,000 00 



repairs, 



Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., for gas, 

F. G. Coker, Janitor from March 1,' 1879 

to Jan. 1, 1880, 
C. H. Davis, Janitor from Jan. 1 to March 1, 
F. G. Coker, change of hall doors, 
" " meals for prisoners, 

" " extra labor and sundries,. 

J. J. Mansfield, 32 tons 350 lbs. coal, at 4.74 
Geo. W. Aborn, 1 cord wood, 
E. Paul, 
L. J. Descalzo, 
W. J. Moulton, 
Z. F. Fairbanks, 
Daniel Goss & Co., 
James Coneles, 
J. F. Woodward & Son, 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., stove and repairs, 
Garfield & Co., lettering settees, 

John J. Kellev, " " 

J. S. Paine, repairing furniture, 

John P. Dodge, " clocks, 

W. E. Griffin, tuning piano, 

Wakefield Rattan Co., repairing mats, 
H. N. Winslow, removing ashes, . 

Cutler Bros., sundries, 

John Martin, 
C. H. Davis, < 

Total expended, 
Amount overdrawn, 



<« 



$489 30 



206 


00 


, 42 


00 


35 


00 


6 


28 


15 


00 


152 


51 





00 


20 


00 


15 


90 


9 


00 


6 


15 


1 


00 


5 


00 


1 


80 


37 


18 


25 


11 


7 


70 


3 


30 


4 


00 


3 


00 




75 


3 


00 


6 


40 




50 




40 


$1,101 


28 


101 


28 



$1,000 00 



JL_L 



. MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 

Appropriation authorized, April, 

" " February, 



. $1,500 00 
700 00 



Total, 


• i 


> 


. $2,200 00 


• 

Expended as follows : 


MILITARY AID. — NEW 


LAW OF 1578-9. 


Paid Nelson Gammons, . 


. $140 00 


John J. Kelley, 






90 00 


Hannibal Nichols, 






70 00 


Patrick Fay, 






60 00 


Daniel E. Shanahan, 






32 00 


Charles E. Tucker, . 






34 00 


Thomas Twisden, 






56 00 


Timothy Haggerty, . 






18 00 


Peter Connell, 






8 00 



Total, . 

Note.— One-half of the above amount will be refunded by the State. 



$508 00 



PRINTING, STATIONERY, ETC. 

Paid Conant & Newhall, pt'g town reports, 1878-9, $253 65 

W. H. Twombly, sundry pt'g & adv'g 184 04 

S. B. Dearborn, printing, 

Doane & Greenough,books and stationery, . 

" " wood cut and electrotype 

of town seal, 
John W. Locke, stamps and postals, 

C. A. Cheney, stationery, 

Total, .... 



13 


25 


30 


82 


10 


00 


13 


00 


3 


60 


. $508 


36 



45 



INSURANCE. 

Paid J. D. Mansfield for Ins. on Town Library, 
C. F. Hartshorne, " Town Hall furniture, 
" " " Town House, 

Total, ..... 

PERTAINING TO HIGHWAYS. 

Paid J. & S. Winship, repairs on sleigh of C. P. 
Foster, damaged by defect in highway, 
Wm. G. Skinner, 2d., damages on highway, 
Peter B. Teed, care of trees, 

oil for trees, 



E. W. Eaton, 
John M. Cate, 
C. H. Stearns, 



Oliver Walton, 



trimming trees, etc., . 

1-2 cost of fence on old 
burying ground, 

labor on old cemetery, 
Joshua N. Eames, pump repairs in 1877, 
C. F. Hartshorne, auc'r selling grass, 
James A. Bancroft, survey and plans, 
Amasa Farrier , ■ ■ ' ' 

F. S. Cate, lettering signs, . 

F. G. Coker, sign boards, 

H. L. Haskell, 
Bacon and Sweetser, " 
F. G. Coker, repairing railing. 

Total, 



ti 



a 



$45 00 
100 00 

87 50 

$232 50 



$6 50 
10 00 
28 84 

2 00 

4 00 

12 75 

6 82 

50 

5 00 
4 00 

10 25 

6 00 

3 50 
2 00 
2 00 
1 00 

$105 16 



LEGAL SERVICES. 

Paid S. K. Hamilton, costs of court in the case 

of W. S. Greenough et ah. vs. Town, . *$98 00 

S. K. Hamilton, in other matters, . . 40 00 

C. W. Eaton, examining titles, . 5 00 

Total, $143 00 

* 36 cents refunded to Town Treasurer. 



46 

RICHARDSON LIGHT GUARDS. 

Paid Warren Institution for Savings, Rent from 

Mch. 1st, 1879 to Dec. 1st, 1879. . $225 00 
Citizens' Gas Lt. Co., for gas from Feb. 1st, 

1879 to Dec. 1, 1879, . . 89 95 

Geo. W. Aborn, , fuel, . . . 20 25 

American Rifle Association, use of target, 32 40 



Total, . .... $367 60 

Note.— One quarter's rent now due and unpaid, amounting to $75. The amount 
paid for rent is reiunded by the State. 



TOWN OFFICERS' ACCOUNT. 

Paid C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, for record- 
ing statistics, for 1878, ... $83 85 
F. G. Coker, Truant officer for 1878-9, . 25 00 
" " 1879-80, . 25 00 
Wm.H. Wiley, » " 1878-9, . 25 00 
Oliver Walton, undertaker, for return of deaths, 8 50 
John A. Melony, " '" " *10 00 
J. R. Mansfield, M.D., sundries, B'd Health, 7 55 
H. L. Haskell, " " " 2 25 
C. H. Davis, for Police badges, . . 3 75 



Total, .... . $190 90 



* Overpaid $7 50, which amount was returned to Town Treasurer. 

Note.— Several bills in this department have not yet been presented for payment, 
viz. : W. IT. Wiley, Truant officer for present year, W. G. Skinner for return of deaths* 
and C F. Hartshorne, Sealer of Weights and Measures, and also for sundries for Town 
Clerk. 



47 



INCIDENTALS. 



tt 



it 



PaidE. E. Emerson, Treas. 4th July celebration, 
Patrick Fay, balance of Town Bounty, 

" " interest on same, 
Geo. Abbott, care of flag staff and repairs 
"W. G. Skinner, circulating town reports, 
J. H. Emerson, ringing bell, 
R. H. Mitchell, 
I. A. Parsons, 
J. H. Eaton, express, 
F. G. Coker, posting bills, 
Hiram Woodis, defective tax title, 
J. K. Mansfield, M.D., professional services, 
John Martin, sundries, . . . 
Fish Committee appropriation overdrawn, 

Total, . • , 



$100 00 

20 00 

20 00 

7 50 

9 00 

4 50 
2 50 
2 50 

5 15 

1 50 
•12 65 

2 00 
50 

16 71 

$204 51 



Recapitulation . 




or Military Aid, New Law 1878-9, 


. $508 00 


Printing, Stationery, &c, 


508 36 


Insurance, .'.... 


232 50 


Pertaining to Highways, . 


105 16 


Richardson Light Guards, 


367 60 


Legal Services, 


143 00 


Town Officers' Sundries, . 


190 90 


Incidentals, ..... 


204 51 


Total ] . 


. $2,260 03 


Amount overdrawn, . 


60 03 



,200 00 



48 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 
Appropriation authorized, .... 

By vote of the Board of Selectmen, April 17th, 
1879, the above appropriation was divided 
as follows : 



$3,500 00 



Centre District, 


John M. Cate, Surveyor, 


$650 00 


North " 




B. F. Shedd, 


400 00 


South " 




Levi B. Eaton, " 


400 00 


East " 




J.J.Mansfield, " 


375 00 


West " 




John A. Tyler, " 


600 00 


Woodville" 




Henry N. Oliver, " 


275 00 


Retained by 


Selectmen to pay balances due 




survevors 


of last year, and for emergen- 




cies, 


• 


• • • • • 


800 00 



Total, $3,500 00 

The above amounts have been expended as follows : 



AMOUNT RETAINED BY SELECTMEN. 



$800 00 



Amount retained, ...... 

Expended as follows : 

Paid C. H. Stearns, surv'r, bal. due as per last report $96 81 



C. P. Poland, . " 


a 


a 


a 


61 09 


L. B. Eaton, " 


it 


tt 


a 


5 02 


Thomas Gould, " 


M 


a 


u 


38 69 


Cyrus Kimball, " 


i i 


a 


a 


20 37 


Joshua Perham, '.* 


a 


tt 


a 


29 10 


Levi Flanders, removing 


snow, 


March, 


1879. 


75 


Patrick Reardon , * * 


a 


a 


n 


1 00 


Joshua Perham , * ' 


a 


a 


<< 


2 60 


Patrick Butler, * ' 


a 


a 


a 


2 50 


Thomas Gould, " 


a 


n 


a 


9 35 


C. H. Stearns, " 


a 


a 


a 


25 08 



Amount carried forward, 



$292 36 



49 

Amount brought forward, $292 36 

M. O'Connell, removing snow in March, 1878, 
Andrew Young, " " " M 

David Batchelder, labor on highway, 
Cyrus Kimball, " " April, 

N. H. Dow, as per contract for filling and 
widening Broadway near Smith's Pond, 
F. G. Coker, building fence on Broadway, 

" " material and labor on railings, 
John McGrory, cutting down tree, etc., 
Thomas "McAulhfe, " " 

John M. Cate, repairs of drains, . . 
Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe and labor, 
N. H. Dow, 109 loads gravel Kichardson St., 

a a removing elm tree, 
Cyrus Kimball, gravel and labor, . » 

" " trimming willows, 

A. J. Blan chard, laying pipe, . 
Bacon and Sweetser, repairing street signs, 
J. B. Whitney, blacksmith, . . . . 
Thomas P. Newhall, 1-2 expense of bridge 

over Saugus river, . . . • 37 70 

David Perkins, repairs on Eailroad bridge, 

Greenwood, • 9 .9-3 

John M. Cate, as per pay roll for labor in 

sundry places, . . . , » 25 25 

Levi B. Eaton, bal. due in excess of allowance, 11 20 
Henry Oliver, " " " 12 51 

Maple Street appropriation, overdrawn, 10 00 





65 


1 


87 


9 


13 


7 


60 


80 


00 


13 


62 


11 


74 


3 


37 


1 


50 


5 


75 


68 


78 


16 


35 


1 50 


4 00 


4 


50 




75 


5 


00 


18 


00 



Total amount expended, . . $653 00 

Balance of Appropriation drawn by James Oli- 
ver, Chairman of Board of Selectmen, and 
now held by him, ..... 146 94 

$8,000 00 



50 



CENTRE DISTRICT, — JOHN M. CATE, SURVEYOR. 

Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, . 
Received from sale of soil, etc., 



Total receipts, . 
Expended as follows : 

Paid John M. Cate, Surveyor, self and team, for 

labor on highway, 
Sundry individuals as per payroll, for labor 

on the highway, .... 
John M. Cate, breaking snow, 
Andrew Young, " " 

George W. Aborn, drain pipe and material 
H. L. Haskell, snow plows, 

" " labor on drain, 

F. G. Coker, " » 

J. F. McNelly, blacksmith, 
J. N. Fames, " . 

James Westgate, material, 
For sundries, ..... 

Total, .... 

Balance in excess of receipts, and now due J. M 
Cate, Surveyor, .... 



NORTH DISTRICT. — B. F. SHEDD, SURVEYOR. 

Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, . 
Received from sale of soil, .... 



$650 00 
25 48 

$675 48 



r 

472 


14 


15 


26 


6 


38 


46 


74 


8 


14 


2 


50 


2 


50 


1 


23 


6 


90 


2 


08 


1 


20 


. $723 31 


47 


83 



$675 48 



$350 00 
1 00 



Total receipts, 



351 00 



51 

Expended as follows : 

Paid B. F. Shedd, Surveyor, self and team, for 

labor on highway, .... $107 91 

Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor 
on highway, ..... 

B. F. Shedd and others for breaking snow, 

Sundry individuals for gravel, 

Gr. W. Aborn, drainpipe, 

J. N. Eames, blacksmith, 

$359 34 
Balance in excess of receipts, and now due, B. 

F. Shedd, Surveyor, .... 8 34 



212 


12 


11 11 


24 


46 


2 


59 


1 


15 



$351 00 



SOUTH DISTRICT. — L. B. EATON, SURVEYOR. 

Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, . $400 00 

Received from sale of soil, etc., . . . 13 00 

Additional allowance drawn from Highway reserve, 11 20 



Total Receipts, . . . $424 20 

Expended as follows : 

Paid L. B. Eaton, Surveyor, for self, man and 

team, for labor on highway, . * . $184 70 

Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for la- 
bor on highway, ..... 

L. B. Eaton and others, for breaking snow, 

Sundry individuals for gravel, 

J. J. Mansfield, use of scraper, 

J. N. Eames, blacksmith, 

$424 20 

EAST DISTRICT.— J. J. MANSFIELD, SURVEYOR. 

Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, ' . $375 00 



187 


85 


6 


00 


38 


60 


2 


00 


5 


05 



52 



Expended as follows : 

Paid J. J. Mansfield, Surveyor, self, man and 

team, for labor on highway, . . $143 33 

Sundry individuals, as per pay rolls, for 
labor on highway, 

Sundry individuals for gravel, . 
" " " lumber, 

G. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 

Cutler Bros., tools, . 

Geo. Packard, repairs on snow plow, 

J. B. Whitney, " " 

J. J. Mansfield, use of scraper, 

N. H. Dow, blasting, 

Total expended, . . . $360 95 
Balance now in hands of J. J. Mansfield, Surveyor, 14 05 

$375 00 

Note.— The cost of breaking snow in this district was probably $5.85, although not 
specified on pay roll. 

WEST DISTRICT. — JOHN A. TYLER, SURVEYOR. 



a 



150 


83 


16 


18 


19 


26 


16 


68 


6 


55 


2 


62 


1 


00 


2 


00 


2 


50 



Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, . $600 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid John A. Tyler, Surveyor, self and team for 
labor on highway, as per pay roll, 

Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for labor 
on highway, ..... 

Geo. W. Aborn, men and teams for break- 
ing snow, • i • • . . 

D. S. Fairbanks, removing snow, 

Geo. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 

" " labor and use of men and 

teams, ..... 

Amount carried forward, $558 71 



$ 80 


65 


431 


10 


20 


50 


6 


90 


15 


76 


3 


80 



53 



Amounts brought forward, . 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., tools, 
James Westgate, lumber, 
For covering stone and labor, 
J. N. Eames, blacksmith, 
P. J. Reagan, watching bridge, 



Total amount expended, 
Balance unexpended, now in hands of John A 
Tyler, Surveyor, 



3 


60 


3 


63 


8 


80 




30 


11 


75 


. $586 


79 


13 


21 



$600 00 



The figures above for labor on the highway, are taken 
from the totals of Mr. Tyler's pay rolls, which are in such 
condition that we are unable to vouch for their correctness 
at the time necessary to pass this report into the hands of 
the printer, but will be adjusted later. 

WOODVILLE DISTRICT. — HENRY N. OLIVER, SURVEYOR. 



Amount allowed and drawn by Surveyor, 
Additional allowance from highway reserve, 

Total, . 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Henry 1ST. Oliver, Surveyor, for self and 
teams, labor on highway, 
Sundry individuals as per pay roll, 
B. W. Oliver, for snow plow, 
M. Phillips, for gravel, 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., tools, 
J. J. Mansfield, use of scraper 
Geo. W. Aborn, drainpipe, 
J. B. Whitney, blacksmith, 

Total 



$ 275 00 
12 51 

$287 21 



100 75 

140 75 

6 85 

15 00 

5 30 

2 00 

14 96 

1 90 

287 51 



Note, — The prices pa id for labor in the various districts were : Centre District, 
Surveyor, $2.00 per day; laborers, $1.50 per day. Other Districts, Surveyors, $1.75 pe r 
day; laborers, $1.50 per day; teams, $1.50 per day. 



54: 



IMPROVEMENTS ON PARK EXTENSION. 



Appropriation authorized, .... 

Proceeds from sale of grass, .... 

JLOttll, • • • . • 

Expended as follows, under the direction of 
the Board of Selectmen : 

Paid John Cuff, labor, 

N. H. Dow, labor on drains, 
John M. Cate, for loam, . 
" " " stone, 

" " labor on drain, 

" " as per pay roll, for self and 

others for labor, 

Total, 

Amount overdrawn, 



AUBURN STREET APPROPRIATION. 



MAPLE STREET APPROPRIATION. 



Appropriation authorized, 



$ 100 00 
49 25 

$149 25 



. $ 15 00 


39 


50 


21 


00 


9 


00 


a 


75 


a 

64 


51 


. $149 


76 


• 


51 



$149 25 



Appropriation authorized, .... $200 00 

Paid Geo. W. Aborn as per contract, for build- 
ing said street, 200 00 



$125 00 



Paid Geo. "W. Aborn, as per contract, for build- 
ing said street, ..... 135 00 



Amount overdrawn, taken from Highway reserve, $10 00 



55 



BRYANT STREET APPROPRIATION. 



Appropriation authorized, .... $200 00 

Received from sale of gravel, loam, stones, etc. 14 85 

Total, .... $214 85 

Expended as follows, under the direction of 
J. M. Cate, Surveyor for Centre Disiiict, 

Paid Sundry individuals as per pay rolls, for 
labor, .... 
For 64 loads gravel at 6 cents, 
G. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 
Repairing fence, 
Lumber and repairs, 

Total, . . . . . $214 85 



5185 


99 


9 


84 


14 


35 


2 


55 


2 


12 



RESERVOIR COR, CHESTNUT AND EMERSON STREETS, 



Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 

Paid N. H. Dow for building reservoir as per 
contract, ...... 

C. H. Davis, services on reservoir, 

J. & S. Winship, cover, .... 

I. A. Parsons, repairs, .... 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 



$400 00 



$223 00 


8 


00 


3 


50 




50 


235 


00 


165 


00 



$400 00 



56 

REPAIRS CORNER CRESCENT AND EATON STREETS, 

Appropriation authorized, .... $50 00 

Paid James Oliver, Esq., Chairman of Board of 
Selectmen, and now held by him, to com- 
plete the repairs, ..... $50 00 



INJUNCTION EXPENSES, C, WAKEFIELD ENGINE CO, 
Appropriation authorized, .... $200 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid E. A. Upton's bill, .... 

•S. K. Hamilton's bill, .... 
I. Stowell, T. Hickey, W. H. Gould, for 
cash advanced for witness fees, 

jl o Lai , • . . . . 

Balance unexpended, 

$200 00 



91 


38 


25 


50 


7 


50 


$124 38 


75 


62 



CLAIM OF SUMNER WESTON. 
Appropriation authorized, • . . . $125 00 

Paid Sumner Weston in full of all demands for 
injuries received by a fall on West Water 
Street, in February, 1879, . • . 125 00 



57 



EXPENSES OF FISH COMMITTEE, 

Appropriation authorized, • . $50 00 

Balance in hands of committee as per last years 

report, ...... 10 13 

Additional allowance by Selectmen, taken from 

miscellaneous funds, . . . . 12 74 

Total, $72 87 

Expended as follows : 



Paid T. Gould, services, . 


• 


$19 50 


0. I. Stowell, " . 


• 


16 50 


S. Parker, Jr., " 


• t 


8 00 


G. H. Sweetser, horse hire, 


. 


4 50 


J. &. S. Winship, Jr., damages to team, , 


10 87 


A. A. Scott, " " 


<« 


10 00 


Lanterns, nets, etc., 


. 


3 50 



Total. 



72 87 



RODNEY EDMAND'S CLAIM. 



Cash balance in hands of James Oliver, Chair- 
man of Board of Selectmen, as per re- 
port of last year, . . . . 



$250 00 



58 
Expended as follows by vote of the town : 

Paid Eodney Edmands for Bounty, . . $100 00 

" • " interest on same from 

Jan. 1, 1864 to April 10, 1879, 15 years, 
3 1-3 mos at 6 per cent. . . • 92 18 



Total, . . . $192 18 

Unexpended balance returned to Town Treas- 
urer, . ...... 57 82 

$250 00 



59 

COLLECTOR'S STATEMENT. 



Tax of 1876. 
Uncollected balance as per last report, 
Received as interest, 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 



Tax of 1877. 
Uncollected balance as per last report, 
Received as interest, 



Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 



• • 

• • 


$36 25 
6 92 


$37 94 
5 23 


$43 17 
$43 17 


• * 

• • 


$4,082 30 
501 85 







$4,584 


15 


,024 


78 






559 


37 


$4,584 


15 



Tax of 1878. 
Uncollected balance as per last report, . . $9,393 69 
Received as interest, .... 275 71 



$9,669 40 



Paid Town Treasurer, . . $5,071 23 
Abated by Assessors, . . 100 26 

Discounts allowed, . . 6 10 $5,177 59 






Balance uncollected, .... $4,491 81 

Tax of 1879. 
Total amount assessed, .... $45,598 74 

Received as interest, . . . . 11 63 



$45,610 37 



Paid Town Treasurer, . . $35,244 89 
Abated by Assessors, . . 580 69 

Discounts allowed, . . 1,303 14 $37,128 72 



Balance uncollected, $8,481 65 

RICHARD BRITTON, Collector. 
March 1, 1880. 



60 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



James F. Emerson, Treas. in acct. withTowR of Wakefield. 

DE. 

To cash balance in Treasury, March 5, 1879, 
hired on town notes, 
release of tax deeds, 
interest received on tax deeds, 

" " loans and deposits, 

Richard Brit ton, collector, 1876, 
" " " 1877, 

1878, 
" • 1879, 
sale of Town History, 
Selectmen, error of bills, 
School Committee, " 
C. F. Hartshorne, Auctioneer License, 
Daniel Norcross, " " 

Francis Williams, " " 

W. G. Skinner, " " 

Selectmen unexpended appropriation for 

Rodney Edmands settlement 
income from Town Hall, 
sale of common grass, 
First District Court on account of fines. 
Selectmen, balance unexpended appro- 
priation Park extension, 
County Treasurer, account of dog tax, 
State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 
" " pauper account, 

" " National Bank tax, 

" " State Aid, 

" " relief of Indigent soldiers, 

" " Armory rent, 

" " School fund, 

O. Y. Waterman, as surplus above tax 
and expense on lot No. 150, Ice Co. 
plan, paid to him as Collector bv G. 
W. Aborn, May 24, 1877, . ' . 



$2,383 


57 


20,000 


00 


637 


93 


105 


70 


122 


86 


37 


94 


. 4,024 


78 


. 5,071 


23 


. 35,244 


89 


17 


00 


10 


43 




36 


2 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


57 


82 


518 


83 


49 


25 


12 


5a 


4 


78 


234 


84 


. 1,483 


11 


169 


20- 


842 


88 


. 1,800 


00 


ers, 998 


08 


300 


00 


191 


42 



12 10^ 



$74,339 50 



61 



CK. 

By cash paid Town orders, . . . $30,500 95 

Principal on loan, . . . 26,000 00 

interest " . . . . 5,704 98 
" on Flint memorial fund to 

Trustees Town Library, . 60 00 

for release deeds, ... 9 00 

Kichard Britton, collector, for tax titles 232 86 

for register of deeds, ... 8 25 

for advertisement for loan proposals, 2 00 
Overseers of Poor, amount received 

169 20 

2,278 25 

4 31 

1,270 00 

792 14 

11 75 

1,834 80 

191 42 



from State pauper account, 
• State Aid account, 
Saugus tax, 
State Tax, 

" Bank tax, 
for adver't auction sale tax titles, 
County tax, 

School Com. State School fund, 
for examination of tax titles, and 

notices of auction sale, 
Auctioneer services, . 
Balance cash in Treasury, 



26 00 

2 00 

5,241 59 

$74,339 50 



LOAN ACCOUNT. 

Amount as per audit, March 5, 1879, 
since hired by Treasurer, 

Amount paid since March 5, 1879, . 



$94,600 00 
20,000 00 

$114,600 00 
26,000 00 



Total loans, . . . $88,600 00 

Loans are now held March 5, 1880, as follows : 
W. H. Parker, due April 23, 1880, . 5,000 00 

Charles Bancroft Estate, due Oct. 10, 1880, 7,500 00 

James Bancroft, due, Oct. 10, 1880, . 3,750 00 

Mary A. Murray, due Oct. 10, 1880, . 3,750 00 

State Treasurer, due May 20, 1881, . 19,600 00 

Bonds to Bearer, $1,000 each, due June 1, 1881, 19,000 00 

" May 1, 1882, 30,000 00 



Total, 



$88,600 00 



62 



TOWN DEBT. 

Amount of Notes and Bonds bear- 
ing interest, March 5, 1880, . $88,600 00 

Due on State Aid Pension account, 115 00 

Outstanding town orders of 1878, 20 65 

« 1879, 206 71 

Accrued interest on Notes and 
Bonds to this date, March 5, 
1880, ..... 1,591 34 



Total liabilities, . . $90,533 70 

Cash balance in Treasury, . . 5,241 59 
Due from State on account of State 

aid as per return, Dec. 31, '79, . 2,226 75 

On Military Aid account, . . 166 00 

Tax deeds held by Treasurer, . 652 22 

Due on Tax List, 1878, . . 4,491 81 

1879, . . 8,481 65 



Total assets, .... $21,260 02 



Net debt, .... $69,273 68 

Net debt as per report last year, $76,343 47 

this year, 69,273 68 



Decrease since 1879 report, $7,069 79 



63 
STATE AID. 



Amount allowed to various individ- 
uals for the year ending March 
1, 1880, . ' . / . . $2,308 25 

Balance due and unpaid M'ch 1, '79, 85 00 



$2,393 25 



The Treas. has paid of above amount, 2,278 25 
Due various individuals, unpaid to 

March 1, 1880, ... 115 00 



$2,393 25 



The amounts which have been paid to each p erson appear 



in the following statement. 



Jas. E. Abbott, 
Israel F. Barnes, 
Elizabeth Bateman, 
W. W. Bessey, 
Mary V. Brown, 
E. C. Bryant, Guardian 

for W. C. Bryant, 
Augusta Mi Chandler, 
Eliza X. Clifford, 
Thomas W. Coombs, 
Adah E. Cowdrey, 
John Davis, 
Victor Eaton, 
Kodney Edmands, 
Alexander Flanders, 
O. N. Gammons, 
Micah Heath, 
Henry D. Hoyt, 
Needham C. Hunter, 
Joseph L. Hurd, 
George H. Jackson, 
Patrick Lanergan, 
Lucinda Locke, 



78 


00 


4 50 


56 


00 


72 


00 


44 00 


120 


00 


44 


00 


44 00 


72 


00 


44 


00 


96 


00 


72 


00 


78 


00 


40 


00 


31 


50 


96 


00 


20 


25 


54 00 


54 00 


19 


50 


33 


00 


48 


00 



Sarah S. Mason, 
Elizabeth Moses, 
James Oliver, 
Johanna Orpin, 
Esther S. Parker, 
William D. Parker, 
Lucy Poland, 
Joseph H. Richardson, 
Julia A. Ross, 
John S. Sargent, 
Lydia Sweetser, 
Sarah Sweetser, 
George W. Townsend, 
Thomas Twisden, Jr., 
James Weary, 
G. N. Whiting, 
Geo. H. Wiley, 
John W r iley, 2d, 
Albert Wiley, 
Hiram Woodis, 
Nathaniel H. Wright, 

Total, 



44 00 


44 00 


24 


00 


16 


00 


52 00 


72 


00 


48 


00 


18 


00 


48 


00 


20 


00 


48 


00 


48 


00 


130 00 


42 


00 


37 


50 


72 


00 


72 


00 


66 


00 


36 


00 


96 


00 


24 


00 



$2,278 25 



64 



LIST OF TAX DEEDS NOW HELD BY TOWN TREAS- 
URER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. 





Tax. 


Date of Deeds. 




Geo. Kempton, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877 


, $7 06 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 6, 1877, 


18 78 


Thos. Lord, 


1875 


July 6, 1877 


99 16 


A.J. Perham&W.W. Besse} 


-J875 


, July 6, 1877 


, 27 15 


J. M. Piper, 


1876 


, Aug. 13, 1878 


8 15 


William Burditt, 


1876, 


Aug. 13,1878 


4 54 


William Burditt, 


1876 : 


Aug. 13, 1878. 


21 30 


John Stevens, 


1876 


, Aug. 13, 1878 


, 27 37 


Daniel C. Murphy, 


1876 


, Aug. 13, 1878 


34 29 


Daniel Sharp, 


1876 


, Aug. 13,1878 


58 21 


Thos. Lord, 


1876 : 


Jan. 6,1879 


94 64 


Thos. Lord, 


1876, 


Jan. 6, 1879. 


18 71 


J r . W. Dearborn, 


1877, 


June 28,1879 


, 8 23 


J. W. Dearborn, 


1877, 


June 28, 1879 


, 8 23 


Daniel C. Murphy, 


1877, 


June 16,1879 


32 05 


William Brown Estate, 


1877, 


June 16, 1879 


5 00 


Thos. Lord, 


1877, 


June 16, 1879 


, 83 90 


Thos. Lord, 


1877, 


June 16,1879 


16 15 


Daniel Sharp, 


1877, 


June 16, 1879 


54 19 


James M. Piper, 


1877, 


June 16, 1879 


, 7 85 


W. W. Bessey, 


1877 


, June 16,1879 


5 SQ 


Geo. A. Putney, 


1877, 


June 16, 1879, 


5 70 


Geo. A. Putney, 


1877 


, June 16,1879 


, 5 70 



$652 22 

The first four of the above named, were advertised and put 
up at auction sale, but they remain unsold. 



65 



''■■,• ; » 



:iis\ j a 



EEPORT 



■- U '* V '-if .•' . 

OF THE 



r .v 



OVERSEERS OF THE POOR, 

For tJie year ending March lst. y l lS80. 



r g $p 



,. ! 



f %i\ EXPENSES AT THE ALMS HOUSE. 

"•' ' GROCERIES." ' 



Paid Cutler Brothers, 
E. W. Eaton, 
W. L. Griffin, 


• 

• • • 


> -$48$ %4 

„>n 192 55 

130 12 

- i" Jiff: W 


$809 31 




BUTTER. 


.^filin' ' . |i 




Paid J. W. Dean, 


• 'i \ 
• • -• 




'•$" 9 41 




GRAIN. 


• '.'•?.- !.UM 




Paid W. L. Griffin, 
E. W. Eaton 


• 

• • • 


$222 20 
76 74 


$298 94 




PROVISIONS. 


.!•;, ■* .. -■>! . . 


Paid W. D. Deadman, 
J. W. Jenkins, 


• • • 


, $4^7 50 
6 58 


$434 08 







Amount carried forward, 



$1,551 74 



G6 



Amount brought forward, 

FRESH FISH. 

Paid E. Butler, . 

W. H. Godfrey, . 



$1,551 74 



$ 1 12 
35 43 



BREAD AND CRACKERS. 



Paid J. A. Dill, . 



DRY GOODS AND CLOTHING. 



Paid J. Martin, 

C. Patch, 

W. M. Stocker, 

D. Hurley, . 

E. G. Daland, 



$ 33 84 
95 02 
54 42 
15 00 

80 



BOOTS AND SHOES. 

Paid Richard Brittou, . . . . 

HOU^E FURNISHING GOODS. 



Paid H. A. Hartley, 
E. Williams, . 
C. B. Dcming, 
Corse & Woodbury, 
S. F. Littlefiekl. . 



Paid G. W. Aborn, 
J. J. Mansfield, 



$ 34 92 

2 50 

8 88 

6 03 

90 26 



COAL. 



$ 34 00 
151 00 



physicians' services and medicine. 



Paid Dr. C. II. Mngoon, 
S. W. Abbott, 

Amount* carried forward, 



$ 1 50 
3 75 



$ 36 55 
$ 50 51 



$199 08 
$ 57 05 



$142 59 



$185 00 



$5 25 $2,222 52 



67 



Amounts brought forward, 
J. D. Mansfield, 
C. Jordan, 
W. J. Howland, 



Paid Oliver Walton, 



Paid for nursing, 



BURIAL EXPENSES. 



NURSING. 



SUNDRIES. 



Paid J. O'Connell, for pigs, 
J. W. Jenkins, " 
P.O. Box and newspapers, 
J. Blunt, blacksmithing, 
Doane & Greenough, acc't books. 

A. E. Judkins, white washing, 
Gr. H. Teague, painting, . 

" repairs on buildings, 

Z. F. Fairbanks, " 
J. Westgate, lumber, 
P. P. Hone, salt grass, 
W. Sweeney, labor, 
T. Longfellow, " 
H. Lewis, " 

S. Froton, ', 

B. Oliver, " 
L. Devine, " 
T. Eeagan, " 
J. N. Thomas, " 
H. Oliver, " 
P. O. Masse, repairs on harness, 
J. G. Morrill, ice, . 

Amounts carried forward, 



$ 5 


25 


59 


05 


22 


50 


11 


75 



$2,222 52 



$ 9 00 

21 00 
12 65 

29 6S 
2 00 

5 00 
136 94 

25 21 

2 70 

12 84 

22 50 
21 75 

2 50 
71 50 

7 50 

3 50 

6 00 

30 00 
6 50 

18 00 

3 25 

18 00 



$98 55 



$ 20 00 



$ 80 00 



$468 02 $2,421 07" 



68 



Amounts brought forward, . . 


$468 02 


$2,421 07 


Parker & Gannett, garden seed, 


60 




H. Oliver, repairs on cultivator, 


40 




Cash to inmates, 


3 95 




E. Slocomb's expense in Boston, 


1 95 




M. Phillips one bbl. of apples, 


2 50 




" tomato plants, 


1 75 




G-. Eemick, pasturing cattle, . 


8 00 




Winship Bros., wheelwrights, 


52 79 




Smith & Co., school books, 


3 81 




E. E. Lee, " " 


4 45 




Sundries, .... 


2 25 




Joseph Tuttle, keeper for the year 






ending April 1, 1880, . 


350 00 


900 47 


Total expenses at the Almshouse, 


$3,321 54 



EECEIPTS. 

Received of Joseph Ha wkes, board, $156 00 

48 00 

7 00 

56 90 

104 23 

;> 65 83 

13 00 

44 48 

26 00 

4 00 

1 60 

2 39 
40 00 



Miss Sadie Haskell, 
Freeby children, 
School teachers, 
for milk, 
produce, 
wood, 
hay, 
stock, 
apples, 
pork, 
old junk, 
care of school-house, 

Total receipts, 



$569 43 



Net expenses at the Almshouse, $2,752 11 



69 



EXPENSES AWAY FROM THE ALMSHOUSE. 



Supplies to Mrs. M. Bladden, 


9 


35 


Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, 


163 


29 


Mrs. J. Carey, . 


37 


84 


Peter Connell, 


22 


00 


Wm. Denehey, . 


5 


00 


Patrick Devine, . 


20 


00 


Martin Donahoe, 


10 


05 


Barnard Derby, . 


92 


00 


S. Emmons, 


8 


00 


Wm. Feehen's child, . 


48 


28 


J. Kapelin, 


6 


00 


Mrs. Jane Kelley, 


49 


60 


T. Haggerty, 


5 


00 


Samuel Mavo, 


16 


00 


J. McLaughlin, . 


4 


00 


J. McMahan, 


118 


00 


C. McDougal, 


293 


14 


J. W. Madden, . 


39 


50 


Dennis O'Connell, 


20 


50 


James Palkerton, 


2 


00 


Mrs. J. Sweetser, 


78 


00 


D. Shanahan, 


37 


30 


Wm. Sweeney, . 


35 


90 


P. Western, 


100 


00 


G. W. Wilder, . 


62 


25 


Total, . 


• 


$1,283 00 


MEDICAL ATTEND 


ANCE. 




Paid for Mrs. M. Cullen, 


$ 10 


00 


W. Feehen's child, . 


20 


00 


C. McDougal, 


22 


25 


C. Molyneux, 


9 


00 



Amounts carried forward, 



$61 25 $1,283 00 



70 



Amounts brought forward, 
P. O. Massey, 



61 25 $1,283 00 

27 00 

$ 88 25 



INSANE ASYLUM. 



For Mary E. Adams, 
G. W. Clark, 
Hannah C. Flynn, 
Francis Hawkes, 
Ann McClary, 
J. O. Boswell, 
Mary E. Osborne, " 
Nelson Sweetser, " 
Interest on bills, 
Certificate, Jas. Kelley, 



at Taunton, 
" Danvers, 



$182 31 

144 84 

163 71 

128 68 

46 29 

' Worcester, 165 46 

183 83 

177 91 

1 38 

2 00 



. . 



$1,196 41 



RELIEF FOR PERSONS OUT OF TOWN WHO HAVE A SETTLEMENT IN 

WAKEFIELD. 

Mrs. M. Cullen, Lawrence, 
Patrick Farriugton, Winchester, 
Albert Heath, Worcester, 
Mrs. M. J. Leathe, Stoneham, 
Mrs. M. Nichols, Boston, 
Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Eeading, 
Mrs. Ann Spencer, Boston, 
Patrick Welch, Lowell . 
Henry Williams, Saugns, 
B.I.Wiley, 
H. E. Wilson, Bevere, 
Moses Barnes, Northbridge, . 
Walter Linwood, Marblehead, 



$ 53 


00 


107 


24 


5 


90 


29 


63 


6 


00 


100 


00 


3 


90 


75 


35 


31 


09 


26 


80 


12 


70 


25 


00 


19 


50 




$496 11 







Amount carried forward, 



$3,063 77 



71 



Amount brought forward . , . $3,063 77 

RELIEF OF PERSONS RESIDING IN THIS TOWN WHO HAVE A SETTLE- 
MENT IN OTHER PLACES. 



W. H. Batchelder, Salem, 

J. Cunningham, Stoneham, . 

J. T. B. Hall, Saugus, . 

Mrs. E. M. Stott, Saugns, 

J. McAvoy, Taunton, . 

Mrs. K. L. Stickney, Lexington, 

Mrs. E. Stafford, Lynnfield, 



Peter Casey, 
M. Courtney, 
J. Develin, 

B. Freeby, 
J. Haggarty, 
John Kelly, 

C. Molyneux, 
P. O. Massey, 
T. Mitchell, 
Maggie McCauley, 
Mrs. Mary Reagan, 
Mrs. E. Stover, 
Mrs. H. Thompson, 
Caroline Winman, 



State, 



. . 






MISCELLANEOUS. 



Printing, 

Tramps , 

Expenses of Overseers, 



13 C5 

8 55 

45 35 

17 75 

r, oo 

40 00 
8 00 

8 00 

2 00 
6 75 

16 00 
6 00 
11 50 
10 94 
88 57 

4 85 

5 00 
5 50 

9 00 

3 65 
5 00 



2 00 

2 10 

32 54 



$322 06 



Total expense away from the Almshouse, 
Carried forward, .... 



$36 64 



$3,422 47 



72 



Amount brought forward, , . $3,422 47 

•* i; ■":*■ Receipts. 
. -. ,. . if-". -'-"■ 

Rec'd from Boston, V. H. Osborne, $ 91 38 

Lexington, R. L. Stickney, 4Q 00 

Saugus, J. T. B. Hall, 43,35 

" Mrs. E. M. Stott, ']p*p> 

State, Peter Casey, 8 00 

Wm. Courtney, 2 00 

J. Develin, . 6 75 

B. Frecby, . 16 00 

John Kelly, . 11 50 / 

T. Mitchell, . 4 85 

Maggie McCauley, 15 00 

Mary Reagan, . 5 50 

Mrs. E. Stover, 9 00 

Mrs. H. Thompson, 3 75 

Mrs. C. Winman, 5 00 

Stoneham, John Cunningham, 5 15 

Wakefield, Francis Hawkes, 43 13 



By overpayment, 



5 00 



Total, .... 


$333 11 


Net expense away from Almshouse, 


$3,089 36 


Recapitulation. 




Rec'd from former Board, . . $ 86 76 




Andover, Matilda Rollins, 




1878-79 22 00 




Lexington, R.L. Stickney, " 3 75 




N. Reading, N. Hunter, " 2 50 




Salem, W. H. Batchelder, " 3 50 




State, G. Ardell, ■" 38 80 




" Wm. Courtney, " 10 50 




« M. Connell, " 4 00 





Amount carried forward, $171 81 



73 





Amount brought forward, 


$171 81 


State J. Develin, 78, '7 


9, 26 80 




' B. Freeby, ' 


< 50 00 




* J. Haggarty, 


< 28 00 




* J. Mertins, ' 


< 17 00 




< T. Mitchell, 


< 17 85 




' J. H. Morrison, * 


4 8 00 




1 J. M. Morrison, « 


< 16 00 




* Mary Reagan, * 


1 75 




' R. Reynolds, ' 


< 16 00 


-< 


4 Hannah Thompson, ' 


4 2 00 


StoDeham, J. Cunningham,' 


* 20 00 


Received from Town Treasurer, 


5,500 00 


Net expense at the Almshouse, . $2,752 11 


' i awa 


y from " 


3,089 36 



$5,875 21 



,841 47 



Cash in hands of Overseers, $33 74 

Note. $169 20 of the amount received from the State came through the Town Treasurer. 



Whole number of inmates, 
Average, " 
Present ' ' 
Tramps relieved, . 



(C 



22 

17 1-2 
10 



1,203 



THERE IS NOW DUE FROM THE STATE AND TOWNS. 



For J. Cunningham, Stoneham, 
W. H. Batchelder, Salem, 
John Haggarty, State, . 
J. T. B. Hall, Saugus, . 
Francis Hawkes, Wakefield, 
Paul O. Massey, State, . 



! 3 40 

13 65 

6 00 

2 00 

85 55 

115 57 



Amount carried forward, $226 17 



74 



Amount brought forward, 


$226 17 


Chas. Molyneux, " 


19 94 


James McAvoy, Taunton, 


6 00 


Mrs. E. Stafford, Lynnfield, . 


8 00 



$260 11 
Unpaid bills against the town March 1, 1880, about $75 00 



INVENTORY OF PERSONAL P 



ROPERTV AT THE ALMSHOUSE. 



Stock, .... 


$520 00 


Hay, .... 


175 00 


Farming tools, 


586 75 


Household furniture, 


490 35 


Provisions, 


141 32 


Grain, .... 


21 50 


Miscellaneous, 


224 00 


Total, 


$2,158 92 



In conclusion, there is the sum of $115.57 due the town 
from the State, on account of Paul O. Massey, on which 
there will be some discount. 

The Overseers have been obliged to exceed their a ppropri- 
ation of $5000, because of an increase of $402.11 in the 
hospital bills ; and because of one case of sickness which cost 
them $535.00. 

Persons requiring help outside of the almshouse, have 
been less in number this year than last. 

On the other hand, 1,203 tramps have been provided with 
lodgings, an increase of 183 over the preceding year, neces 
sitating a proportionate increase of expense. 

The Overseers earnestly hope that the bill at present under 
contemplation, intended to check vagrancy in the State, may 
become a law. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed,) CYRUS N. WHITE, 
S, F. LITTLEFIELD, 
WM. H. ATWELL, 



Overseers of the 
Town of Wakefield. 



75 



REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN. 



The report of the Selectmen for the current municipal 
year, is herewith submitted. 

NEW STREETS. 

Auburn Street, running from Cedar to Emerson Streets, 
has been graded at an expense of two hundred and twenty 
and 65-100 dollars, and opened for public travel. 

Maple Street, running from Lake to Foundry Street, has 
also been graded at an expense of one hundred and thirty- 
five dollars. 

« 

STREET IMPROVEMENTS. 

Complaint was made to this board in the early part of the 
year, that Broadway Street, at a point opposite the north- 
west corner of the lower lake, was being badly washed, and 
rendered unsafe for travel, by the waters of the lake. An 
inspection of the point named, proved the correctness of the 
complaint. A heavy wall was built nearly upon the south- 
erly line of the street, while a strong railing, with iron posts 
let into the stone, secures safety to the public travel. The 
cost of the same, by contract, was eighty dollars, with 
eighteen dollars additional for the iron posts, making a total 
cost of ninety-eight dollars. 

The bridge over the mill stream on Salem Street, at the 
line between Wakefield and Lynnfield, having become unsafe 
for travel, and the Commissioners of the two Counties having, 
for various reasons, declined to order the discontinuance of 
that part of the street, an arrangement was made with the 
Selectmen of Lynnfield for the rebuilding of the same. The 



76 

entire expense was seventy-five and 40-100 dollars, the pro- 
portion of the town of Wakefield (one-half) being thirty- 
seven and 70-100 dollars. 

The railroad bridge at Greenwood (first repaired by the 
town in 1866) has been placed in a safe condition at an 
expense of nine and 93-100 dollars. 

PARK EXTENSION. 

An appropriation of one hundred dollars for the improve- 
ment of the Park was made by the town, to which was added 
the receipts from the sale of the grass, and the same was 
expended under the direction of Mr. Cate, the Highway 
Surveyor of the Centre District. 

BRYANT STREET. 

An appropriation of two hundred dollars was made for the 
improvement of this street, and this also was expended under 
the direction of Mr. Cate. 

SIDEWALK ON CHURCH STREET. 

Article 28 in the Warrant for the annual Town meeting, 
April 1879, relating to a sidewalk upon Church Street, was 
referred to the Selectmen. This sidewalk has been built by 
Mr. Cate, Highway Surveyor for the Centre District, at an 
expense of twenty- two and 75-100 dollars. 

PERAMBULATION OF THE TOWN LINE. 

The perambulation of the line between this town and 
Saugus, has been made during the year, and the certificates 
of the same deposited with the Town Clerk, thus completing 
the circuit of the town in the last three years. 

SCREEN FOR TOWN HALL PLATFORM. 

In this matter (Art. 18, Town Warrant, April meeting) 
the Selectmen were authorized to procure, and place, a 
screen for the improvement of the acoustic properties of the 
Town Hall, at an expense not exceeding forty dollars. This 



77 

sum was found wholly inadequate for the purpose named, 
and no action has been taken upon it. 

NEGLECTED CHILDREN. 

This matte.r (Art. 24, Town Warrant, April meeting) was 
referred to the Selectmen, but no case for their interposition 
having arisen, no action has been taken. 

DISABLED SOLDIERS. 

Under the law of 1879, Towns are authorized to raise 
money for the. relief of soldiers disabled by disease contract- 
ed, or accidents incurred, since the war of the rebellion, and 
who, having their settlement in the town, would otherwise 
be obliged to apply to the Overseers of the Poor, for assis- 
tance. Under this law, thirteen applications have been made 
to this Board the past year, of which nine were allowed and 
four rejected. Of those assisted 

2 receive $14 a month. 

3 " 10 

1 *' 9 « 

3 " 8 " 

GUIDE BOARDS. 

Street signs have been placed upon the completed streets, 
and upon several private wr.ys, and we have no knowledge 
of any points where they are wanting. 

TOWN HISTORY. 

Eighteen copies of the town history have been sold the 
past year, being the balance of the entire edition. 
Eespectfully submitted, 

(Signed,) JAMES OLIVER, ) Selectmen 

JOHN S. EATON, } of 

B. B. BUEBANK, ) Wakefield. 

Wakefield, March 10, 1880. 



78 



ASSESSORS' REPORT. 

1879. 



VALUATION OF PERSONAL ESTATE, 



Stock in trade, 
Securities in the State, 

" out of " 
Money secured by mor 

* ' unsecured * 
Resident Bank Stock, 
Marine Stock, 
Income, 
Machinery, 
Furniture, 
Carriages, (number, 197 
Horses, ( " 268 
Cows, ( " 251 

Swine, ( " 44 



tgage, 



$81,550 00 

12,000 00 

3,300 00 

172,850 00 

6,000 00 

46,230 00 

9,500 00 

11,300 00 

133,100 00 

5,100 00 

14,180 00 

21,020 00 

6,990 00 

380 00 



Total Personal, 

VALUATION OF REAL ESTATE. 

Dwelling houses, (number,1027)$l, 517, 595 00 
Other buildings, ( " 672,) 399,760 00 
Land, 3,734 acres, 1,075 535 00 



$523 500 00 



Total Real Estate, 



Total valuation, 



$2,992,890 00 
$3,516,390 00 



79 

Value of Eeal Estate and Machinery 

owned by Corporations, . . . $358,875 00 

Value of Real Estate exempted by law 

from taxation, .... $155,720 00 

TAX STATEMENT, 1879. 

Amount of State Tax, . . $1,270 00 

County " . . 1,834 80 

Town Appropriations, 39,750 00 






Total, .... $42,854 80 



Assessed on 
Polls, (males, 1268, females, 33,) 

1301 at $2.00, . . $2,G02 00 

Personal Estate, . . . 5,715 24 

Bank Shares, (number 402,) . 554 7 G 

Eeal Estate, . . . 35,799 26 



$44,671 26 
Overlay, . . . . . . $1,816 46 



$42,854 80 



Rate of taxation, $12.00 per $1,000. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed,) JAMES OLIVER, ) Assessors 

JOHN S. EATON, i of 

DAVID PERKINS, S Wakefield. 



80 



ENGINEERS' "REPORT. 



We herewith submit our report of the Fire Department 
for the past year. 

'. 7 •*■-''■" 7 \'^M : - -"- tv.- ■ 

FORCE OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

The Department consists of three Engineers and seventy- 
six members, divided as follows : 

Yale Engine Co., 47 men. v« a 

Chemical Engine Co., 12 men. 

Washington Hook and Ladder Co., 17 men. 

Three Hose Carriages, with about 1,500 feet of hose in 
good condition. 

The loss by fire the past year has been as follows : 

April 1st., three buildings on Main Street,, loss about 
$3,250. ^., . ^ 

Oct. 2nd., Smith & Anthony Foundry, loss about $125. 

Jan. 27th, 1880, dwelling house on Kailroad Street, loss 
about $375. 

; The Board would recommend that the Town take?tsoine 
action in regard to the town property belonging to the Fire 
Department in the east part of the town. 

The committee appointed by the town, consisting of the 
Board of Engineers, for the purpose of building a Keservoir 
at the junction of Chestnut and Emerson Streets, have 
attended to their duty, and have caused a reservoir to be 
built at an expense of $235.00, which, in their opinion, will 
be sufficient for all nre purposes in that locality. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed,) CHAELES H. DAVIS, ) Engineers of 
S. F. LITTLEFIELD, \ the town 
C. W. TROW, ) of Wakefield. 



81 



POLICE REPORT. 



Whole number of arrests for the year ending March 1, 
1880, was 48, as follows : 



For Assault, ..... 


» • 




. 16 


Drunkenness, , 


• 




6 


Larceny, ...... 


• 




11 


Selling liquor, . . 


t • 




6 


Stubborn and disobedient children, 


t • 




2 


Fishing, ...... 


, • 




2 


Assault Avith a pistol, 


» • 




1 


Shooting birds, 


i • 




1 


Disturbing the peace, 


» • 




1 


Vagrancy, . 


• 




1 


Cruelty to animals, . 


. 




1 


Five insane persons have been committee 


1 to the 


hospital. 


Eight tramps have been provided with 


lodgings by the 


police during the year. 









Eespectfully submitted, 



CHARLES H. DAVIS, 



Chief of Police. 



82 



Report of the Fish Committee. 



In submitting the fourth annual report, we have, as here- 
tofore, the pleasure of extending our thanks to several friends 
who have gratuitously assisted us in the carrying out of the 
plans for the restocking of our inland waters with useful fish. 
Salmon have been brought from the State hatching-house at 
Winchester. A large number of Alewives were obtained at 
Saugus and placed in the lake, where, judging from former 
trials, they have done well, though it is not as clearly known 
when they left for the sea as in other seasons. This is not 
strange, as they are more likely to start by night than by 
day, and thus may have escaped the eyes of those who were 
looking for them. Mr. A. S. Wiley saw a large school of 
them in the lake during the autumn. 

If the first wdiich were hatched here, after an interval of 
about thirty }'ears, made the passage of the Saugus and 
reached the sea in safety, it is but reasonable to expect their 
return, as adult fish, during the coming May. The right of 
way is open for them, and also the fish ways, in accordance 
with the decree of the highest court of the United States ; and 
if not interfered with by a very weak minority of those who 
seem bound to oppose the wishes of a large majority of the 
people who really desire to see the experiment fully and 
fairly tried, the migratory fishes of various kinds will find 
their way up our streams to the headwaters, as surely as the 
summer birds find their way from winter quarters to our 
woods and fields again. 



83 

Returning to their ocean home in the fall months, the 
voimar fry, in countless thousands, furnish food through the 
winter to the useful and indispensible sea fishes, bringing the 
latter to our coasts to feed on the bounty sent down from our 
lakes and rivers to the Atlantic tide, rewarding "the toilers 
of the sea," and bringing wealth to the state and national 
coffers. 

This is no myth, but an absolute fact, the result of careful 
observation and experiment, on the once exhausted rivers 
and lakes of Europe. 

The mill-owners on the Saugus have now fully complied 
with the request of the State Fish Commissioners, putting in 
fish ways of the most approved pattern, up which the fish 
ascend to the ponds adjacent. 

In some instances, mill-owners have felt that the decree of 
the Supreme Court was an act of injustice ; but who had the 
first God-given right of way in all these waters but the hosts 
of migratory fishes ? And, in keeping with Nature's grand 
plan, they only want their rights for a few weeks in the 
spring, and less time in the fall. 

Cannot the manufacturer who has the whole power of a 
river to turn his wheels, year in and year out, afford water 
for a narrow fish way, and at a season when a thousand times 
as much water as the fish may require thunders to waste over 
the flush-boards of his dam ! It would seem that he might 
compete successfully with the manufacturer who has no river 
at all, and depends wholly on the coal mines of distant Alle- 
ghanies for the motive power. 

In closing, we can but express the hope that if the lake is 
opened in 1881, it will be deferred until July, instead of 
May, in order that the black bass shall have one more fall 
season on the spawning grounds, unmolested. 

The thanks of the committee are certainly due our people, 
and especially our young men, for the faith which they have 
shown in our endeavors, and their patience in awaiting the 
results. There is no doubt but that the fish which have been 



84 

allowed to remain in the lake, are doing as well as mrjrht be 
expected under the circumstances. 

And your committee would recommend an appropriation 
not exceeding twenty dollars, for any expenses wlrch may 
possibly be incurred in looking after and protecting the 
interests of the fisheries. 

All of which is most respectfully submitted. 

OSCAR I. STOWELL. 

THOMAS GOULD, )> Fish Committee. 

SAM'L PARKER, JR., 



85 



EEPOKT 

OF THE 

APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. 



Wakefield, Mass., March 10, 1880. 

The Committee chosen by the town at the last annual meet- 
ing, to recommend certain sums to be raised and appropria- 
ted for the year commencing April, 1880, would respectfully 
present the following report, viz. : 

We would respectfully recommend that appropriations be 
made as follows, viz. : 
For Payment of Town Debt, 
Interest upon Town Debt, 
Support of Schools, 
School Contingent Expenses, 
Painting School-houses, 
Poor Department, 
Fire Department, 
Expenses of Street Lamps, 
Town House Expenses, 
Highways and Bridges, 
Repairs of Sidewalks, to be expended 
where abuttors are willing to bear 
one-half of such expenses. 
Salaries of Town Officers, 
Miscellaneous Expenses (including Mil- 
itary Aid) ...... 

Beebe Town Library, the funds now in 
hands of the Town Treasurer from dose 
tax, and 300 00 



$5,000 00 
6,000 00 

11,500 00 
1,000 00 
500 00 
5,000 00 
2,000 00 
1,000 00 
1,000 00 
3,000 00 



1,000 00 
2,325 00 

2,500 00 



Total, 



$42,125 00 



86 



We recommend that the appropriation for Salaries of Town 
Officers be divided as follows, and that the Expenses of 
Officers, other than those enumerated below, be charged to 
the Appropriation for Miscellaneous Expenses. 



'or Town Treasurer, 


• 


. 


$ 50 00 


Town Clerk, 


• 


. • 


100 00 


Board of Selectmen, 


• 


. . 


400 00 


" Assessors, . 


• 


. . 


350 00 


" Overseers of Poor, 


• 


. . 


150 00 


" School Committee, 


• 


. . 


200 00 


" Eire Engineers, 


• 


. . 


75 00 


" Auditors, . 


• 


. . 


100 00 


Tax Collector, for collecting 


Tax 


Warrant 




of 1880, 


• 


. , 


400 00 


Constables and Police Services 


• 


• • 


500 00 


Total, 


$2,325 00 



We also recommend that the compensation of Enginemen 
for the year commencing May 1, 1880 be fixed at thirteen 
dollars, and a sum equal to the poll tax. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) WM. S. GREENOUGH, 
LUCIUS BEEBE, 
WM. F. YOUNG, 
THOMAS WINSHIP, 
JAMES F. EMERSON, 
JAMES OLIVER, 
THOMAS J. SKINNER, 
THEODORE E. BALCH, 
JACOB C. HARTSHORNE, 
LEVIB. EATON, 
WM. H. ATWELL, 
JAS. J. MANSFIELD, 
A. W. BROWNELL, 
JOSHUA WALTON. 

Mr. Wm. Oliver, not having been present at any meeting 
of the committee, does not sign the report. 



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RECAPITULATION. 



Births registered in 1879, 




90 


Males, 


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Females, 


34 




Nativity of Parents. 


• Fathers. 


Mothers. 


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other towns in United 


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41 


Ireland, 


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Brides. 


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30 


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4 


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Germany, . 


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40 


Second 'j 


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4 


Third " 


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between 20 and 30, 


33 


35 


30 and 40, 


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40 and 50, 


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Males, ... 40 

Females, . . . 32 

Average age, 36 yrs., 6 mos., 18 days. 

Number under 5 years of a^e, 

between 5 and 10, . 

10 and 20, . 

" . 20 and 30, . 

30 and 40, . 

40 and 50, . 

50 and 60, . 

60 and 70, . 

70 and 80, . 

" ' 80 and 90, . 

00 and 100, . 

Still Born, 



72 



dumber of Dogs licensed in 1870, . 

Males, 124. Females 

Cash paid County Treasurer, 



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CHARLES F. IIARTSHORNE, 

Town Clerk 



REPOKT 



or THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Citizens of Wakefield : 

In our last annual report we submitted a statement of our 
expenditures for the year then just past, and also an esti- 
mate of the necessary expenses of the incoming year, show- 
ing the various amounts needed for teachers' salaries, fuel, 
Janitors' services and incidental expenses, and asked the 
town to appropriate a sum which would nearly cover said 
estimate, to wit : eleven thousand dollars for general school 
purposes, and one thousand dollars for incidental expenses. 
The Appropriation Committee recommended the town to 
raise ten thousand five hundred dollars for general school 
purposes, and one thousand dollars for incidental expenses, 
which were the sums raised and placed at our disposal. We 
have endeavored faithfully and conscientiously to do the best 
we could with the means under our control. 

The law which provides that School Committees shall make 
annual reports of the condition of their schools, contemplates 
that that report shall be a truthful one ; and, unpleasant as it 
may prove, we cannot shrink from a discharge of our duty. 

Some of your schools are not in the condition they were 
one year ago, and not in the condition they ought to be. 
Some have improved. At the opening of the financial year 
wo were confronted by the fact that we had not sufficient 
funds to cany on the schools as they were then organized, 



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and we approached the consideration of the question "what 
shall be done " with no little trepidation. With the admis- 
sion of a new class in the High School, in September, all the 
courses of study would come into full operation, and the 
services of a second assistant would become imperative. 

After careful examination of the subject in the best light 
obtainable, the salary of the Principal of the High School was 
reduced from fourteen hundred to one thousand dollars per 
year. The salaries of nearly all the other teachers were 
reduced, and at the close of the school year in June, the 
Second Intermediate School in the Centre District was abol- 
ished. We found it absolutely necessary to abolish one 
school or exceed the appropriation, and we selected the one 
which could be united with another with the least injury. 
It ought never to have been done, and it has wrought an 
injury to our school system which it will take at least the 
period of one school generation to recover. The scholars in 
this school were placed in the Third Grammar as a second 
class, under the charge of Miss Warren. The* result has 
been that her room has been literally packed since the consol- 
idation — two schools in one. A crowded room, impure air, 
constant hurry, overworked teacher, under-drilled scholars, 
have been the order of the day. It ought to be said in this 
connection that no part of this state of things is the fault of 

the teacher. 

In the Second Intermediate there has been an unusually 

large attendance with no means of relief. The average 
attendance in the Second Grammar during this year has been 
sixty-five, and in the First Grammar since September, it has 
been sixty, too large a number in either for any one teacher. 
The retention of the school abolished would have relieved 
these difficulties somewhat, but would not have entirely over- 
come them, and the indications are that its re-organization in 
September will be imperative. With the return of more 
prosperous times and the increased expenses of living, teach- 
ers naturally inquire if their salaries are to be increased. 
While we have given no one any encouragement, we have 



101 

teachers whose salaries should be increased at once. Their 
merit demands it. We have frequently enough complained 
of the policy which just keeps body and soul together, and 
which not only deprives teachers of the means of improving 
.themselves in necessary lines of study, but which positively 
forbids the cultivation in the slightest decree of the aesthetic 
side of their natures. The teacher who does not have the 
privilege of making progress in all matters relating to her 
vocation, and who does not avail herself of such privileges 
when possessed, will inevitably retrograde. There is no 
standing; still. It contravenes natural laws. The town ou^ht 
to adopt the policy of paying all teachers in its employ sala- 
ries sufficient to enable them to keep abreast of the best edu- 
cational thought of the period. 

As your teachers are, so your children w T ill be. What you 
desire your children to be, provide means for your teachers 
to become. We desire the children of this town to become 
cultured men and women, with minds enlightened and broad- 
ened by study, and with tastes ennobled by all that is beau- 
tiful and grand in nature and art. Those teachers only who 
are the embodiment of these desires can lead to such heights. 
Whatever may be the technical definition of civilization, the 
highest type of what w r e commonly understand by that term 
should be our aim. Hume says, " It is unreasonable to 
expect that a piece of woolen cloth should be wrought to 
perfection in a country where ethics are neglected and astron- 
omy unknown." As little should we expect the children of 
the town to realize the capacities of their nature without some 
living, moving, breathing example ; without the constant 
association of some one "higher than they." The teachers 
whom we set over our scholars should be pure, cultured 
ladies and gentlemen, possessed of all the graces which come 
from an intimate knowledge of the best thought of the time, 
and an equally intimate association with the masters of thought. 
Pay them generously, require them to come up to this ideal, 
and a return both speedy and profitable will be observed in 
the conduct, character and growth of those under their care. 



102 



NEW DEPARTURES. 

Much hits been said and published of late concerning new 
departures in schools and methods of education, and we have 
not been disinterested listeners to these discussions, nor idle 
observers of events transpiring within our notice. We wel- 
come all additions to the current discussion, believing that 
much good will result, but we are not of those who believe 
that any one town has suddenly leaped from a confessed wo- 
fully low condition of its public schools to the dazzling heights 
of perfection in a period of a few short years, no more than 
we accept with faith the advertised offer of the retired clergy- 
man " whose sands of life are nearly run out" to furnish a 
panacea for all the ills human flesh is heir to, upon the receipt 
of a specified amount of fractional currency. Nor do we 
believe that any one person has just discovered a ''method" 
of conducting schools and directing education to which he 
can rightfully claim exclusive ownership by right of discov- 
ery. Nor do we believe in that vaunted "method" which 
educates a child without work, and treats his mind as a recep- 
tacle into which knowledge is constantly poured as water into 
a bottomless tank. The fact is that in the past there have 
been some very good schools, some very good teachers, some 
very good educators, and some men and women of consider- 
able learning who were trained under the old system of ped- 
agogy. Unquestionably, impro rernents , keeping pace with 
the material and intellectual growth of the State and nation, 
have been made, and they have been developed naturally and 
o^raduallv without hot-house nursing, but no "roval road to 
learning" has yet been discovered. The way may be made 
smooth and attractive, lined with shade trees and flowers, 
but he who travels it must do so by his own power of loco- 
motion. Knowledge, however valuable, is not the grand 
desideratum. Discipline takes a higher rank. Knowledge 
without the power to use it is a comparativel}' valueless 
incumbrance. A mind trained to make profitable use of 
knowledge is a possession beyond price. 



103 

As well might one expect to become n gymnast by looking 
at an athlete, or a skilled mechanic by watching the work of 
others. The mind, like the muscles, is quickened, strength- 
ened, broadened and enlarged by its own exercise, and the 
teacher who succeeds in training the child's faculties so that 
he can use them as occasion demands, accomplishes a much 
higher service than one who simply loads the mind with 
knowledge. Nor is it true education that makes a child a 
sort of an apprentice to some specialty, but it is true educa- 
tion that feeds the mind with appropriate food, and developes 
it with appropriate exercise, so that it will grow in activity, 
symmetry, strength and efficiency. 

READING. 

To learn to read is one thing, to read with the understand- 
ing is another, and to acquire a taste for good reading is 
quite another. Startling as the proposition may at first seem, 
it has become a mooted question among acute observers, 
whether simply the ability to read is not a positive injury. 
In view of the immeasurable mass of vile stuff — under the 
name of literature — which is sown broadcast over the coun- 
try, and finds its way into the hands of the comparatively 
uneducated, the young and unguided, and into the hearts of 
millions of families ; in view of the rank poison which a great 
portion of the daily newspapers disseminates, with all its 
terrible tendencies and results, thinking people are awakened 
to the question whether it is not a doubtful blessing to teach 
a child to read and send him out into the world to pick up 
such knowledge as he may glean from trashy literature and 
the sensational press, — whether positive ignorance is not 
preferable. 

Powerful and valuable an agent for the dissemination of 
legitimate news and information as the Press is, the unbridled 
use of its privileges has made it one of the most blighting 
curses of the times. In our judgment, the surest escape is 
in the education of the coming generations so that there will 
be no demand for that class of reading to which w t c have 



104: 

referred. Then the sentimental story paper and the nausea- 
ting daily will give place to a press acute in intellectual pro- 
ductions, and moral in tone. To effect this, children not 
only should be taught to read, not only to understand the 
meaning, force and beauty of what they read, not only to 
master such collateral information as the topic read may sug- 
gest, but a taste for good reading should be inculcated at an 
early age, and ever afterward constantly fostered. With 
such thoughts in mind, a practice has prevailed in our schools 
to some extent of requiring the scholars to read from other 
than the ordinary text books, for instance, from some attrac- 
tive history, book of travels, choice biography or standard 
poetry, and with good results so far as observed. This has 
given variety and attractiveness to the school exercises, as 
well as developed a desire for a good class of reading and 
study, and it is hoped such a love for it as will increase with 
years. 

The school authorities of Boston have recently provided for 
a supplementary course of reading in their schools, a text 
book of standard poetry with selections adapted to almost 
any age, and a series of story books for the younger clr.sses 
containing such tales as Jack the Giant Killer, Puss in Boots, 
Blue Beard, and others, always the delight of children. 
While the selections may not be entirely free from criticism, 
we believe it is a step in the right direction which if contin- 
ued will ultimately result in great good. To what extent 
such a plan can be carried out in a town like ours, may be 
seen when the experiment shall have been more systemati- 
cally tried. 

METRIC SYSTEM. 

A short time ago a radical change in weights and measures 
was pressed upon the business and educational world with 
much vigor, and the metric system bade fair to come into 
common use. It was argued that an adoption of that system 
would save much time in school, as well as be an untold con- 
venience to the business world. We think the argument 



105 

correct. During the transition period, however, no time is 
gained, as scholars are required to learn both systems. It 
would be gratifying to have the matter pursued with more 
vigor or dropped entirely. 

SPELLING. 

Another departure of great moment is the so-called spell- 
ing reform or phonetic spelling, which at first sight seems 
ludicrous, but upon careful examination shows more substan- 
tial claims to support than most of the so-called reforms. It 
is well known that in all our schools much time is expended 
in learning to spell, and all kinds of devices are resorted to 
by the teacher to bring the scholars to a medium standard in 
this branch. The irregularities of the English language are 
so great that they constitute the main difficulty in mastering 
it, and no where are they more apparent than in spelling. 
When the child begins to spell, there 7 always arises in his 
mind a confusion as to the sounds of the letters, and espe- 
cially their different sounds when differently associated, and 
this confusion is overcome, if ever, after a long series of 
trials and a multitude of retentive efforts. It becomes 
almost absolutely necessary for him to have a personal 
acquaintance with each word, or. master all the languages 
from which the English is derived. It is said that out of 
1,976 failures in the Civil Service examinations, 1,866 failed 
on account of spelling. Max Muller says: "The question, 
then, that will hav to be answered sooner or later, is this : 
Can this unsystematic system of spelling English be allowed 
to go on forever? Is every English child, as compared with 
other children, to be mulcted in two or three years of his life 
in order to lern it. Ar the lower classes to go thru 
school without lerning to read and write their own language 
intelligently. And is the country to pay millions every year 
for this utter failure of national education? I do not believ 
or think that such a state of things will be allowd to £0 on 
forever, particularly as a remedy is at hand. I consider that 



106 

the sooner it is taken in hand the better. There is a motiv 
power behind these fonetic reformers which Archbishop 
Trench has hardly taken into account, — I mean the misery 
endured by millions of scholars at school, who might lern in 
one vear and with real advantage to themselves, what thev 
now require four or five years to lern, and seldom succed 
in lerning at all." 

Phonetic spelling has received the sanction of some of the 
best scholars in this country and England and is rapidly 
coming into use in some of the best magazine publications, 
yet we do not feel inclined at present to make it part of our 
course of study in the schools, but we would most earnestly 
commend an examination in detail of the whole matter to the 
teachers, to the end that they may be thoroughly fitted to 
teach it when called upon. 

Our schools during the past year have pursued both the 
oral and written methods of spelling, but the written is the bet- 
ter, and is growing in daily use. Sentence-writing and com- 
position afford a fair test of a scholar's capacity in spelling, 
which is in a certain sense a talent or natural gift. Occasional- 
ly those are found who cannot learn to spell with any degree 
of accuracy, while most succeed very well after more or less 
hard work. 

A very interesting and instructive paper upon the exami- 
nation of all the schools in Norfolk County during the List 
year, is published in the Report of the Board of Education 
for the present year, a portion of which is devoted to the ex- 
aminations in spelling. This examination was conducted 
orally, by writing the words, and by sentence and composition 
writing. The results as detailed in the report afford subjects 
for very careful reflection. Curiosities without number 
abound. Upon inspection we find that the children in Nor- 
folk county have invented fifty-two ways of spelling the 
word "depot," fifty-eight ways of spelling the word "which," 
one hundred and eight ways of spelling the word "whose," 
and two hundred and fifty-five ways of spelling the word 
" scholar. " 



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Since reading that report we have made an examination in 
spelling of the one hundred and seven scholars which we found 
in our schools in one day, between the ages of eight and one- 
half years and ten and one-half years, corresponding in age 
with the scholars in Norfolk county who took the same ex- 
amination, and the results, though not as ludicrous as those 
referred to yet they are unpleasantly suggestive. Our ex- 
amination was conducted substantially as those in that coun- 
ty, and in part precisely the same, as we understand it. This 
we did for the purpose of comparing our own standing with 
theirs. 

In their examinations sentences were required to be writ- 
ten by each scholar, containing the words ''which," "whose" 
and "scholar," and the spelling of these three words was mark- 
ed. The average per cent, obtained of all the scholars in 
Norfolk county between the ages above named upon those 
three words, was 55.9. We have required our scholars to 
take the same examination and they obtain 61.9 per cent. 

They were also required to write the following words in 
sentences : 

1. Deluge. 2. Decency. 3. Denies. 

4. Colonel. 5. Deterring. 6. Sugar. 

7. Chinese. 8. Complete. 9. Supersede. 

10. Changeable. 
And they obtained an average of 58.1 per cent. Our schol- 
ars upon the same words, obtained an average of 42.7. In 
the examinations upon the last named ten words we cannot 
say that the method was precisely the same as used in Nor- 
folk county, and this may in part account for the difference of 
per cent, obtained. It is also fair to say that our scholars 
who took the examination average less than nine and a half 
years of age. Without making any invidious comparisons 
because the apparent difference in schools is largely due to 
difference in age we submit the folio wins: table of the schools 
which passed the examination upon the words "whose," 
"which" and "scholar" with the number of scholars examin- 
ed and the per cent, obtained by each school. 



No of Scholars 
Examined. 


Per cent 


11. 


30.3. 


5. 


36.5. 


15. 


48. 


5. 


50. 


47. 


63.8. 


<). 


72.7. 


7. 


82.4. 


5. 


86.G. 


3. 


100. 



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Name of School. 

Greenwood, 

Woodville, 

West Int. ' 

East Ward, 

Ctr. Int. No. 2, 

North Ward, . 

Franklin Int., . 

Third Grammar, 

Second Grammar, 
If these facts and suggestions shall provoke thought and 
discussion and awaken a more lively interest in this subject 
our purpose will have been attained. 

DRAWING. 

Considerable attention has been paid to this subject for 
several years, but our schools are very far behind those of 
many neighboring towns. We hope the coming year, if 
means are provided, to give the subject the attention which 
its importance demands. Drawing is expressing with the 
hand what the eye sees. It cultivates both observation and 
reason, trains the eye and gives dexterity to the hand. The 
unsupplied demand for skilled draughtsmen, accomplished 
designers and competent workmen in all branches of industry 
has awakened a lively interest in, and given a strong impetus 
to this study. It has been called the alphabet of industrial art, 
and as great numbers of those who are educated in our com- 
mon schools become artisans, it is wise policy to train them 
in early life to some extent in the rudiments of those subjects 
which in maturer } r ears they are to carry into practical life, 
and to a higher state of perfection. 

ATTENDANCE. 

We cannot urge to strongly upon parents, teachers and 
scnolars the transcendent importance of constant and regular 
attendance. Without it the continuity of study is interrupt- 
ed, and the embarrassment which ensues is not easily over- 



109 

come. The progress of a whole school is frequently retarded 
by the unnecessary absence of a single pupil. A little reflec- 
tion ought to lead to a strenuous effort on the part of all con- 
cerned for a reduction in the number of absences. Tardi- 
nesses and dismissals work serious injury. If parents and 
others were more cautious about issuing excuses for tardiness 
and requests for dismissal, they would add much to the 
efficiency of the schools. As illustrations of the evil com- 
plained of, one of your committee found in one school twenty- 
four requests for dismissal in a single afternoon. In another 
school a few days after there were nine absences and eleven 
notes for dismissal, and in the last case the teacher remarked 
that it was about the usual number. 

MUSIC. 

The music has continued under the charge of Mr. Wilson, 
who has striven hard to excite enthusiasm in the pupils, and 
with excellent success. This year, as last, a concert was 
given in May, by the school children under the direction of 
Mr. Wilson and was a successful and enjoyable occasion, and 
a credit to all who participated. The proceeds of the con- 
cert were invested in singing books for the schools. 

The excellent singing at the annual examinations charmed 
even those who were opposed to it. 

SCHOOL HOUSES. 

Our school buildings constantly need some repairs and .to 
this purpose quite a portion of the incidental fund is devoted. 
We have tried in years past to devote some portion of it to 
painting, but other expenses have been so large, we have 
failed. It now seems absolutely necessary that all our school 
buildings should be re-painted. The same policy which dic- 
tates a private citizen to keep his house well covered with 
paint should govern the municipality. We recommend a spe- 
cial appropriation for that purpose. 

It would be an economical and gratifying improvement to 



110 



have concrete walks laid in the various school yards, and \w 
suggest that if the town appropriates any money for the pur- 
pose of concrete walks, a reasonable portion of it be used 
about the school houses. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

A note was appended to the school report of last year an- 
nouncing the resignation of Mr. Hill from the principalship 
of this school, a position held by him for ten years. He con- 
tinued however in the school to the close of the year and 
conducted the exercises of the graduating class which took 
place in the Town Hall on the evening of June 2Gth. A 
large, interested and attentive audience listened to the exer- 
cises which were creditable to the participants. At the close 
the members of the school presented Mr. Hill with one of 
"Rogers' Groups" as a testimonial of the high respect which 
they entertained for him. According to a custom which we 
consider a wise one we publish herewith the programme of 
exercises and the names of the aTaduatino; class. 

ORDER OF EXERCISES. 

1. Opening Chorus, '-All Among the Barley. " 

2. Salutatory, . . . ... . Eugene G, Murdock.. 

o. Declamation, "Freedom and Equality." . Durant. 

Harvey M. MansfielO. 
L Song. .-Old Kitchen Clock," .... White. 

Male Voices. 
5. Reading, ...... Extract from Knoware. 

Members of Junior Class. 

G. Duet, "The Robin, •' AM. 

Rosa L. Bridge, Eugene C. Murdock. 

7. Declamation, "Execution of Montrose,' 5 . . Aytoun. 

Michael F. Lyons. 

8. History and Prophecy Linda M. Block. 

9. Semi-Chorus, "Come where the Lilies Bloom."' 

in. Declamation, "The Brave Man,' 1 . . Harry E. Lane. 

11. Calisthenics, 

12. Recitation, "Va5 Bender Ilenshpecked,"' . . Vvn Boyle. 

William D. Wright. 



Ill 



13. Declamation, "Charles Sumner," . . . Carl Schurz. 

William W. Whitten. 

14. Song, "Over the River we Glide," . . . Bailey. 

Male Voices. 

15. Valedictory, "Haec In Lapide Laudabimus." 

Cora H. Dennett. 
1G. Chorus, "Hence Now Away," .... Offenbach. 

17. Presentation of Diplomas. 

The following are the names of the Graduates : 

Linda M /Block, Michael F. Lyons, 

Cora H. Dennett, Harry M. Mansfield, 

Harry E. Lane, William W. Whitten, 

* Eugene C. -Murdoch:. 

* Three rears course. 



It was no easy task to find a suitable successor to Mr. 
Hill, but your Committee after corresponding with and see- 
ing over one hundred different candidates, selected Mr. 
Abbott Sanford w 7 ho had been connected with the Maiden 
High School for two years as sub-Master, and he entered 
upon his duties in September. In the short time that Mr. 
Sanford has had charge of the school he has shown a very 
high order of teaching capacity, and excellent skill in man- 
agement. At the same time Miss Lucy P. Greenough w^as 
elected Second Assistant, and has remained to the pres- 
ent time. This was rendered necessary by the fact that in 
1878, in response to the demand for a more practical educa- 
tion, a business course of study for two years was adopted. 
The first class entered in 1878, and in September, 1879, the 
course came into fall operation, thus adding three new reci- 
tations daily to the w r ork of the teachers, and six from prior 
to the adoption of the business course. Miss Greenough is 
a lady of culture and experience, and her appointment has 
proved very acceptable to the school. Miss Keith remains 
first assistant, and wields a most important and beneficial 
influence over the w r hole school. The teaching force is now 
sufficient to answer all the requirements of law and the 



112 

desires of its friends, and we confidently expect from the 
school a brilliant future. Six pupils are now preparing for col- 
lege. 

THE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. 

The four grammar schools have remained under the charge 
of the same teachers as last year, — Mrs. Wentworth, Miss 
Perkins, Mr. Cutter, and Miss Warren, respectively, and 
this fact is a sufficient guaianty of the character of the in- 
struction given, and the faithfulness of the work performed. 

SECOND INTERMEDIATE. 

Miss Jenny L.Dearborn had the care of this school to Decem- 
ber, when she was given a vacation to April on account of 
her health, and Miss Clara J. Emerson was appointed sub- 
stitute to that time. It is expected that Miss Dearborn will 
then return. She closed her first year's service by promot- 
ing every scholar in her room. 

THIRD INTERMEDIATE. 

Miss Alexander tendered her resignation as teacher of this 
school in the early part of March, and the same has been ac- 
cepted. Miss Alice G. Currier, a graduate of the High 
School in the class of 1878, and the valedictorian of the class 
has been chosen substitute to the end of the year. 

FIRST AND SECOND PRIMARY SCHOOLS. 

These schools have remained under the charge of Miss 
Stearns and Miss Hersey. The management of both meet 
with the hearty approbation of the Committee. 

THE WARD SCHOOLS. 

During the year no change in the corps of teachers in these 
schools has taken place except at Woodville. At the close 
of the summer term Miss Hammond resigned to accept a sit- 
uation at Newton upon a much larger salary. During her 
stay in this school she has done a wonderful work, and her 
resignation was much regretted. Miss Hattie M. Upham 
was appointed her successor, but resigned at the end of one 



113 

term on account of an increasing indisposition. Miss Clara 
J. Coney, a resident of Wakefield, and a graduate of Salem 
Normal School, was appointed to the vacant position, and is 
doing good service, with the promise of becoming a most 
excellent teacher. The other ward schools have been doing 
good work. It is unreasonable to expect them to send out 
scholars as good as do the Centre schools of the same grade. 
The teachers cannot have time for the drill absolutely neces- 
sary. "While they have the advantage of more quiet, teach- 
ers and scholars lose the stimulus that comes from associa- 
tion. 

APPROPRIATIONS . 

We recommend that the town raise and appropriate, in 
addition to the sum on hand, to meet the present outstanding 
bills, and to cover all necessary expenses of the ensuing year 
the sum of eleven thousand five hundred dollars for general 
school purposes, one thousand dollars for incidental expenses, 
and five hundred dollars for painting school houses. 

As we go about our schools and gaze into the faces of your 
children alive with interest, and eager for all that is new and 
good, we are awakened to the possibilities before us, tremble 
at the responsibilities upon us, and realize how imperfectly 
our work is done. The best results can only be obtained by 
a union of the best effort of the scholars, parents, teachers 
and Committee. In the ensuing year, remembering that we 
are making the future, let all join to make the school-room 
a place of delight to the scholars, a place for their noblest 
endeavors ; a place wherein shall be laid the foundations of 
character which shall outlive the generations of men. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) LUCIUS BEEBE, Chairman, 
GEORGE W. ABORN, 
THEO. E. BALCH, 
E. P. COLBY, 
WM. N. TYLER, 
SAM'L K. HAMILTON, Secretary. 



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NAMES OF TEACHERS, SALARY, AND DATE OF ELECTION: 



Names of Schools, 



Teachers, 



Hiffh 



Melvin J. Hill, 

Abbott SanforJ, 
Martha Keith, . 
Lucy P. Greenough, 
Advanced Gram*r. M. E. Wentworth, 
Ctr. Gram. Xo. 1, Abbie S. Perkins, ' 
44 2, Fred'k S. Cutter, 
"3, M. Annie Warren, 
Ctr. Interme'ate,!, Elenora Hutchinson, 



Jenny L. Dearborn, 
Clara J. Emerson, 
Alice A. Alexander, 
Alice G. Currier, 



Centre Primary, 1. Myra A. Stearns, 
' '«■ " 2, Mary I. Hersey, 

' West Interme'ate. Nellie A. Miller 
Primary, L. J. Mansfield, 
Franklin St. Iut., Aliee Field. 

Primary, Emma L. Upham, 



North Ward, 
East Ward. 
Woodville, 



Greenwood, 



Francella M. Evans. 
Annie R. Killorin, 
Alice M. Hammond. 
Hattie M. Upham. 
Clara J. Coney, 
Mary J. George, 
Geo. F. Wilson, (Mu 



When Elected. 



Mar., 1869, 
Sept., 1879. 
April, 1878, 600 



Salaries. 



81000 pr. yr 
1000 " 



Sept., 1879,' 400 

Mar., 1871, 625 

Sept., 1873, 500 

Jan., 1878, 700 

Dec, 1871, 420 

Jan. 1858, 400 

Sept., 1878, 360 

Dec. 1879, 360 

Sept., 1877, : 360 

Mar., 1880, 360 

Sept., 1875, 360 

Dec, 1876, 400 

Sept., 1877,' 360 

Sept., 1871, 360 

Jan., 1879, 380 

| Sept., 1874, 360 

April, 1862,' 380 

Sept.. 1873, 380 

April, 1878,' 380 

Sept., 1879,; 360 

Dec, 1879, 360 

Mar., 1878, 380 

ic)| Sept., 1876, 450 



Number of scholars between 5 and 15 years of age, May, 1879, S66. 



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TABLE OF ATTENDANCE. 



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38. 2 


36. 3 


95 


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Centre Grammar, Xo. 1, ... 


48. 4 


45. 8 


94. 7 


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60.85 


94.87 


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54. 4 


51 


93. 7 




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44 


41 


93. 5 




Xo. 3, 


51. 1 


47. 3 


92. 4 




Primary, Xo. 1 


33. 5 


30. 3 


90 




Xo. 2, . 


55. 7 


48 


86. 6 




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45 


39 


90 




" 'Primary, ...... 


52. 2 


42. 7 


81. 1 




Franklin Street Intermediate, 


43. 8 


38. 9 


88 




Primary 


57. 5 


53. 7 


89 




North Ward, 


36 


31 


86 




East Ward, 


46 


39 


85. 3 




Woodville, 


35. 5 


28. 5 


80 




Greenwood, ...... 


44. 5 


40 


90 






807 


729.8 


89. 7 


89 



Whole number of different scholars attending school during 
the year, 977. 



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4 



USTEES OF THE BEEBE TOWN BIBBABJ 



Time in its ceaseless course has brought us to the close of 
another financial year, and we pause to view the past with 
its numerous opportunities improved or misspent ; with its 
manifold blessings daily received, and with the continued 
and ever-increasing facilities for intellectual development and 
social enjoyment. The unpretending volumes of our public 
library have for another year been making their regular visits 
to our families, bringing pleasure to the fireside, and adding 
intelligence to the domestic circle. 

The revival of business has in a measure increased our 
population, and new-comers have at once put themselves in 
communication with the public library. It is a gratifying 
fact that so many of our people find pleasure in reading. An 
intelligent writer has said: "If I were to pray for a taste 
which should stand me instead under every variety of cir- 
cumstance, and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness to 
me through life, and a shield against its ills, however things 
might go amiss, and the world frown against me, it would be a 
taste for reading." 

Nearly forty years ago, before the establishment of school 
libraries, or free libraries of any kind to any great extent, a 
father, addressing his fellows through the columns of a mag- 
azine, made use of these words of wisdom: "Did parents 



118 

realize the numerous advantages resulting from a love of 
reading, I am persuaded they would not grudge the cost of 
books necessary to create, cherish and gratify it in their 
children. How many anxious hours are saved to parents in 
villages and cities, if their children, instead of running about 
the streets, (the parents know not in what company or em- 
ployment,) are seated arouud the fireside reading books of 
instruction and amusement. Even those parents whose 
authority can keep their children at home, evfoi they are 
saved the pains of seeing their children uneasy, or dozing 
away the weary evening hours, or engaged in noisy talk and 
sports which annoy the family ; — all this is saved to them by 
cultivating the love of reading in them." 

This principle was recognized by many a father who 
thought more of giving proper direction to the mind in child- 
hood, than in accumulating wealth to bestow upon his chil- 
dren after the season of youth had been neglected, and the 
responsibilities of adult age had been assumed without suita- 
ble mental culture, and without an appreciation of the proper 
use and real value of earthly possessions. 

The blessings which a few favored cues then possessed, 
and even more, are now held out to all. Instead of a few 
books in a private library, thousands of volumes, laden with 
instruction and refining influences, invite the ambitious stu- 
dent to draw needed supplies from their well-filled pages, 
and to satiate his mental desires "without money and with- 
out price." 

The value of such a repository of knowledge as a free libra- 
ry cannot well be estimated. Its silent influences pervade 
every portion of society, and enter into every fibre of our 
being ; — they take root in uninviting soil, and grow to the ex- 
clusion of the seeds of evil ; they strengthen the intellect, 
improve manners, encourage morals, and promote virtue. It 
is in accord with the genius of a free government that the 
means of training the mental powers are so liberally furnish- 
ed ; that learning, instead of being shut up in cloisters, is 



119 

within the reach of those of smallest means, and of humblest 
birth. It is as free as the air we breath. 

Minds in love with reading and appreciating the useful 
and the true, have elements of power, which will lead their 
possessors to advance in spite of meanness of station and the 
frowns of fortune ; which will enable them to overcome 
mental and physical impediments, fancied or real, and to 
overleap the barriers that would forbid their entrance into the 
plentiful and inviting fields of golden fruit. They cannot be 
confined within the limits of self, but, rich with the expe- 
rience of others, look out upon the world full of the sublime 
and the beautiful, and, like a grand panorama, cause the past 
and the present to appear before their delighted vision. 

They should not be unhappy within reach of such 
sources of pleasure ; they cannot be lonely surrounded by 
authors the wisest and best the world has ever known. 

The farmer, the mariner, the merchant, the mechanic, the 
artisan, and men of all occupations, as well as the young as- 
piring to the various professions in life, may give full scope 
to their most earnest researches, and be rewarded by the real- 
ization of their fondest desires. 

A very important want was supplied at the beginning of 
the year, in the completion of the new and well-arranged 
catalogue of books. It possesses many conveniencies over 
former catalogues, and especially will it greatly aid the Libra- 
rian and those drawing books, in making easy and proper se- 
lections for any desired course of reading. 

It will be seen by the Librarian's report that there have not 
been so many volumes delivered on any one account as last 
year, but a greater number of persons have patronized the 
Library, and books of a better class have been selected, 
which required more time and thought properly to digest. 

We recommend an appropriation of three hundred dollars 



120 

for the coming year in addition to the proceeds from the dog 
tax. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, Chairman, 

T. E. BALCH, Secretary, 

C. W. EATON, Treasurer, 

LUCIUS BEEBE, 

THOMAS WINSHIP, 

JOHN M. CATE, 

CYRUS WAKEFIELD, 

HARRIET N. FLINT, 

S. O. RICHARDSON, 

F. P. HURD, 

H. H. SAVAGE, 

AZEL AMES, Jr., 

GEO. H. TEAGUE, 

Trustees. 



121 



FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE LIBRARY. 



Beebe Town Library in account with C. W. Eaton, Treasurer of Trustees. 

CR. 

By balance from last year,. 
Town Appropriation, 
Dog taxes, refunded Town by County. 
Interest on Flint Fund, 
Interest on Hurd Fund, 
Sale of old books and papers, 
Sale of Catalogues, . 
Fines collected, . 

$669 09 



1 


29 


225 


00 


295 


18 


60 


00 


22 


62 


1 


70 


30 


20 


33 


10 



DE. 



To cash paid V. E. Marsh, Librarian, $275 00 
for new books, . . . 266 62 
repairs of books, 
covering paper, 
express charges and postage, 
sundries at library, 
printing, 
Balance on hand, . 



82 


50 


16 


65 


11 


48 


7 


54 


6 


50 


2 


80 



$669 09 



Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) CHESTER W. EATON, 

Treasurer of Trustees. 



122 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



G,720 

252 

71 



Total number of volumes in the Library, 
Added by purchase within the year, 

donation from Lucius Beebe, Esq. 
Mr. W. C. Eustis, 
Mr. Dean Dudley, 
Mr. Geo. O. Carpenter, 
Hon. Selwyn Z. Bowman, 
State of Massachusetts, . 
U. S. Bureau of Education, 
Financial Reform Association, 
Exchanged for Town Histories, 
Number added in each class : 

Theology .... 
Mental and Moral Science, . 
Political and Social Science, 
Natural Sciences, 
Medical Science, 
The Arts, .... 
Language and Literature, 
History, .... 
Travels, etc., 
Biography, 

Poetry, .... 
Prose Fiction, 
Persons having signed the By-Laws, 
Number of accounts on which books have 
Number of books re-bound' 

" " discarded, . 

Whole number of books delivered, 
Greatest number to one account, 
Average number delivered each day, 
" " " " hour, 

(Signed) VICTORXNE E. MARSH, 

Wakefield, March 15, 1880. Librarian. 



20 
10 
12 
14 
4 
13 
17 
34 
39 
53 
11 
. 116 343 
125 
been charged, 700 
307 
55 
28,114 
189 
248 
49 



123 

BOOKS ADDED TO THE LIBRARY SINCE PUBLICATION 
OF CATALOGUE, IN APRIL, 1879. . 

THEOLOGY-CLASS 1. 



Addresses and Sermons. Stanley 

Adrift on the Wild Black Tide. Kane 

Bible Teachings in Nature. Macniillan 

Faith of Reason. Chadwick 

Heroes of the Mission Field. Walsh 

History of the First Council of Nice. Dudley 

Influence of Jesus. Brooks 

Life Questions. Savage. 

Manliness of Christ. Hughes 

Ministry of Nature. Macmillan 

Motives of Life. Swing 

Old Faiths in New Light. Smyth 

Palms of Elim. Macduff 

Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford. Liddon 

St. Paul ; Life and Works. Farrar. 2 Yols. 

Sunrise Kingdom. Missions. Carrothers 

Sunday Stories. Brown 

Times Before the Reformation. Dinwiddie 



CLASS. 


NO. 


1 


300 


1 


303 


1 


310 


1 


316 


1 


302 


1 


299 


7 


309 


1 


305 


1 


317 


1 


306 


1 


301 


1 


314 


1 


304: 


n 1 


315 


1 


308 


1 


307 


1 


313 


1 


311 



MENTAL AND M0EAL SCIENOE-CLASS 2. 



Acting and Oratory. Frobisher 

Art of Reading;. Leg-ouve 

Children's Hour — Dialogues, &c. Slade 

Education as a Science. Bain 

Our Common School System. Dodge 

Our Daughters. Terhune. 

Report of Commissioner of Education — 1877. 

Secret of Success. Adams. 

What is a Gentleman. 



CLASS. 


NO. 


2 


163 


2 


160 


2 


166 


2 


158 


2 


165 


2 


162 


2 


16 J: 


2 


159 


2 


161 



124 



POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE-CLASS 3. 



American Almanac for 1879. ed. by Spoffard 
England ; Her People, Polity and Pursuits. Escott 
Financial Reform Almanack for 1880. 
History of American Politics. Johnston 
Marriage. Monday Lectures. Cook 
Massachusetts Public Documents — 1878. 4 Vols. 
Progress and Poverty. George 
State of Labor in Europe — 1878. 
Twenty Years of Inside Life in Wall Street. Fowler 



CLASS. 


NO. 


3 


19 


3 


93 


3 


122 


3 


86 


3 


61 


3 


88 


3 


121 


3 


95 


Q 

o 


94 



NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS-CLASS 4. 



African Pets. Parry 

Diseases of Swine and Other Domestic Animals- 
Earth and Sea. Figuier 
Flowers of the Sky. Proctor 
Half-Hour Recreations in Popular Science. 

Sel. and ed. by DanaEstes 
Life Histor} r of Our Planet. Gunning 
Madame How and Lady Why. Kingsley 
Our Common Insects. Packard 
Popular Science Monthly. Vol. 14. Youmans 
Recreations in Astronomy. AVarren 
Rough Ways made Smooth. Proctor 
What Mr. Darwin Saw. 



-1879. 



CLASS. 


NO. 


4 


193 


4 


196 


4 


186 


4 


192 


4 


185 


4 


191 


4 


187 


4 


190 


4 


195 


4 


189 


4 


195 


4 


181 



MEDICAL SCIENCE-CLASS 5. 



Brain-work and Overwork. Wood 
Eyesight and How to Care for It. Harlan 
Heredity. Monday Lectures. Cook. 
How to Get Strong. Blaikie. 



CLASS. NO.- 

5 77 

5 78 

5 75 

5 7$ 



125 



THE AETS.-OLASS 6. 

.Abstract of Returns of Agricultural Societies of Mass. 

1856. ed. Flint 
Agriculture of Mass. 1857. " 

1869-70. 

1871-72. 
Annual Report of Commissioner of Agriculture. 1878. 
.Appledore Cook Book. Parloa 
Art in America. Benjamin 
Bodines, or Camping Out. Up de Graff 
First Principles, &c. Parloa 
.Just How — a Key to the Cook Books, Whitney 
,Noteson Railroad Accidents. Adams 
Sporting Adventures in the Far West- Murphy 



CLASS. NO. 



6 


171 


6 


170 


6 


172 


6 


173 


6 


174 


6 


176 


6 


169 


6 


166 


6 


167 


6 


177 


6 


168 


6 


175 



LANGUAGE AND LITERATUEE.-OLASS 7. 



.Afternoons with the Poets. Deshler 

Amateur JPcacher. 

Art of Speech. Vol. 1st. Townsend 
'Causerie. Hovey 

Famous Books. Adams 
"Foot-Notes. Barron 

Game-Keeper at Home. 

Harper's Monthly Magazine. 



Vol. 



58. 
59. 
Lewes 



^Impressions of Theophrastus Such. 
/Lessons from my Masters. Bayne 

Locusts and Wild Honey. Burroughs 
• Our Cashier's Scrap-Book 
v Summer-Savory. Taylor 
^Reader's Hand-book. Brewer 

Younger Edda. Anderson 

Young Folks 1 Cyclopedia of Common Things. 



Champlin 



ss. 


NO. 


7 


409 


7 


412 


7 


420 


7 


418 


7 


68 


7 


407 


7 


406 


7 


416 


7 


417 


7 


405 


7 


408 


7 


404 


7 


414 


7 


411 


7 


419 


7 


413 


7 


410 



HIST0EY.-CLASS 8. 

Army and Navy Monument Memorial — Boston 
"Bismarck in the Franco-German War. Buseh 
Bonaparte-Patterson Marriage, coll. Saffell 
iBoys' Froissart. Lanier 



CLASS. 


NO. 


8 


131 


8 


364 


8 


370 


8 


376 



12G 



Destruction and Reconstruction. Taylor 
First Blows of the Civil War. Pike 
Footprints of Vanished Races. Conant 
Handbook of the American Revolution. Winsor 
History of the Consulate and Empire under Napoleon. 

5 vols. Thiers. 
History of the 1st Parish in Danvers. Rice 
Ireland. 2 vols. McGee 
" the English People. 2nd. vol. Green. 

3d, 
Hollis, N.H. Worcester 
" Our Own Times. McCarthy 

" the Rise of the Huguenots of France. 2 voh. 

4< St. Louis, Mo. Edwards and Hopewell. 

" Sutton, Mass. Benedict and Tracy 

Military Religious Orders. Woodhouse 
North Americans of Antiquity. Short 
Nineteenth Century. Mackenzie 
Readings from English History. Green 

Short History of the French People. Lacombe 
Stories of the War Told by Soldiers, ed. Hale 

Town of Roxbury. Drake 

Young Folks 1 History of France. Yonge 
«« " " Rome. " 



GEOGRAPHY, TOPOGRAPHY AND TRAVELS-CLASS 9. 



"Aloha!* 1 A Hawaiian Salutation. Chaney 

Amazon and its Wonders. 

Arctic Voyages of Adolf Erik Nordenskiold. 1858-79 

A Saddle in the Far West. Rideing 

Atlantic Islands. Benjamin 

Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates. Blunt 

Brazil, the Amazons and the Coast. Smith 

Camps in the Carribbees. Ober 

England- and the Continent. Dudley 

Euphrates and the Tigris. 

Exploration of the World. Verne 

Forbidden Land. Corea. Oppert 

Four Months in a Sneak Box. Bishop 

Fourteen Months in Canton. Gray 

From Egypt to Palestine. Bartlett 



8 


365 


8 


368 


8 . 


374 


8 


331 


8 


384' 


8 


363 


8 


371 


8 


337 


8 


337 


8 


366 


8 


383 


Baird 8 


375 


8 


367 


8 


369 


8 


377 


8 


380 


8 


379 


8 


372 


8 


385 


8 


382 


8 


135 


8 


378 


8 


373 



ss. 


NO. 


9 


530 


9 


528 


9 


527 


9 


513 


9 


498 


9 


500 


9 


52G 


9 


522 


9 


501 


9 


529 


9 


519 


9 


535 


9 


520 


9 


533 


9 


502 



127 

Frozen Asia. Eden 
Great Fur Land. Robinson 
In the Far East. 

Lady's Life in the Rocky Mts. Bird 
Letters from Egypt. Whately 
" Florida. Beecher 

Midnight Marches thro 1 Persia. Ballantine 
Northward Ho. Markharn 
Notable Voyages. Kingston 
Our Autumn Holidays on French Rivers. Molloy 
Ragged Register. Dickinson 

©O © 

Round the World on the Yacht Sunbeam. Brassey 

Round Trip. Codman 

Spain in Profile. Harrison 

Studies of Paris. Amicis 

Sunshine and Storm in the East. Brassey 

Summer Jaunt. Holden 

Through the Light Continent. Saunders 

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Stevenson 

Wanderings in Patagonia. Beerbohm 

© © 

White and Black. Campbell 

Wild Life in a Southern County. Jeffries 

Zigzag Journeys in Europe. Butterworth 



BIO.GKAPHY -CLASS 10. 



Early Years of the Prince Consort. (Albert) Grey 

Life of the Prince Consort. 4th Vol. Martin. 

History of King Alfred. Abbott. 

Life of Benedict Arnold. Arnold 

Ernst Moritz Arndfe. From the German 

History of Joseph Bonaparte. 

Life and Letters of Madame Bonaparte. Didier 

" " " " Baroness Bunsen. Hare 
William Cullen Bryant. Hill 
Brant and Red Jacket. Eggleston and Seelye 
Burke. Morley 
Burns. Shairp 
Csesar. Froude 
Thomas Carlyle. Guernsey 



9 


518 


9 


508 


9 


517 


9 


525 


9 


503 


9 


505 


9 


499 


9 


524 


9 


523 


9 


516 


9 


515 


9. 


532 


9 


509 


9 


511 


9 


512 


9 


534 


9 


514 


9 


531 


9 


508 


9 


506 


9 


510 


9 


504 


9 


521 



CLASS. 


NO. 


10 


246 


10 


498 


10 


585 


10 


567 


10 


552 


10 


591 


10 


565 


10 


547 


10 


548 


10 


569 


10 


560 


10 


554 


10 


550 


10 


581 



128 



Life and Letters of Mary Carpenter. Carpenter 

" " " " Mrs. Delaney. Ed. Woolsey. 2 Vols. 

11 " " " Charles Dickens. Dickens and Hogarth 
2 Vols. 

" " " " Admiral D. G. Farragut. Farragut 
Figure Painters of Holland. Gower 
Life of Richard Fuller. Cuthbert 
William Lloyd Garrison and his Times. Johnson 
Connt Agenor de Gasparin. Trans, by Borel 
History of Genghis-Khan. Abbott. 
Goldsmith. Black 
About Grant. Swift 
Hawthorne. James 
Robert Stephen Hawker. Gould 
History of Henry the Fourth. Abbott 
Autobiography of Rev. Josiah Henson. 
History of Hortense. Abbott 
Life and Travels of Alexander von Humboldt. 

" of Abraham Lincoln. Leland 

" " Martin Luther. Bunsen 
History of Louis Philippe. Abbott 
Magellan. Towle 

Memoirs of Prince Metternich. Metternich. 2 Vols. 
Poets Laureate of England. Hamilton 
History of King Philip. Abbott 
Pocahontas. Eggleston and Scclye 
History of Richard the First. Abbott 

" Second. Abbott 
Southey. Dowden 
Edmund Spenser. Church 
Catherine and Craufurd Tait. Ben ham 
Thackeray. Troll ope 
Sir Anthony Van Dyck. Head 
Leonardo da Vinci. Richter 
Life of the Duke of Wellington. Waite 
Story of Sir David Wilkie. Simpson. 

POETRY -CLASS 11. 

iEneid of Virgil. Trans. John D. Long 

Blanid. Joyce 

Friar Anselmo and Other Poems. Dorr 

Her Lover's Friend and other Poems. Perry 

Light of Asia. Arnold 

Poems of Places. 5 vols. ed. Longfellow 



10 


576 


10 


571 


10 


568 


10 


578 


10 


579 


10 


544 


10 


575 


10 


558 


10 


584 


10 


545 


10 


578 


10 


583 


10 


551 


10 


590 


10 


556 


10 


588 


10 


564 


10 


566 


10 


561 


10 


592 


10 


570 


10 


572 


10 


582 


10 


589 


10 


562 


10 


586 


10 


587 


10 


577 


10 


553 


10 


574 


10 


555 


10 


559 


10 


580 


10 


549 


10 


563 


CLASS. 


NO. 


11 


207 


11 


206 


11 


204 


11 


205 


11 


203 


11 


207 



129 

PKOSE FIGTION.-CLASS 13. 



CLASS. NO. 

American Baron. De Mille 13 19C1 

A Modern Minister. 12 2006 

An Earnest Trifler. Sprague 13 2008 

A Man's a Man for A 1 That. 13 2032 

Barque Future. Lie 13 1963 

Begum's Fortune. Verne 13 2021 

Bundle of Letters. James 13 2050 

Bush-Rangers. Thomes 13 1967 

Bye-Words. Tales Old and New. Yonge 13 2044 

Camp and Cabin. Raymond 13 2047 

Castle Foam. French 13 2023 

Castle Hohenwald. Streckfuss 13 1958 

Confidence. James 13 2048 

Cousins, Walford 13 1990 

Colonel's Opera Cloak. No Name Series. 13 1997 

Delicia. Butt 13 1989 

Detmold. Bishop 13 1987 

Falconberg, Boyeson 13 1962 

Fool's Errand. Anon. 13 2030 

Forrest House. Holmes 13 2009 

Gold Hunters in Europe. Thomes 13 1966 

Hairbreadth Escapes. Adams 13 2036 

Hampdens. An Historiette. Martineau 13 2046 

Haworths. 2 copies. Burnett 13 2007 

Hendricks the Hunter. Kingston 13 2012 

Her Friend Lawrence. Benedict 13 1988 

His Majesty, Myself. Baker 13 2033 

HomeatFiesole. 13 1978 

Hope Mills. Douglass 13 2031 

In the Mist. Porter 13 1960 

In Prison and Out. Stretton - 13 2024 

In the Schillingscourt. Marlitt 13 2013 

Joan the Maid. Charles 13 1959 

Job Singleton's Heir. Marshall 13 1977 

Just One Day. 13 1981 

Lady of the Aroostook. Howells 13 1956 

Law of Hotel Life. Rogers. 13 1991 

Little Dorrit. Dickens 13 2045 

Lionel Franklin's Victory. Van Sommer 13 2039 

Markof. Greville 13 1986 

Margaret and her Bridesmaids. Stretton 13 2043 



130 

Mansfield Park. Austen 13 1993 

Men of the Backwoods. Hope 13 2025 

Mildred Keith. Farquharson * 13 1976 

Miss Gilbert's Career. Holland. 13 1955 

Moondyne. O'Reilly 13 2001 

Mrs. Merriam's Scholars. Hale 13 1975 

My Desire. Warner 13 1980 

. Northanger Abbey. Austen 13 1992 

Old Creole Days. Cable . 13 1996 

Old Friends and New. Jewett 13 2001 

Out on the Pampas. Henty 13 2000 

Pre-historic World. Berthel 13 2005 

Pride and Prejudice. Austen 13 1994 

Puritan and the Quaker. 13 1979 

Sarah de Beranger. 2 cop. Ingelow 13 1998 

Saturday's Bairn. 13 2011 

Sealed Orders, etc, Phelps 13 2019 

Sense and Sensibility. Austen 13 1995 

Serpent Charmer. Rousselet 13 2040 

Sir Edward Seaward's Narrative. Porter 13 2038 

Sir Gibbie. MacDonald 13 1957 

Stephen, the Schoolmaster. Gellie 13 2027 

Three Admirals. Kingston 13 2037 

Tribulations of a Chinaman. Verne 13 2003 

Twins of Table Mountain. Hartc 13 2018 

What Came Afterwards. Arthur 13 2041 

Will Weatherhelm. Kingston 13 2020 

Young Mrs. Jardine. Craik 13 2026 

JUVENILE STORIES. 

CLASS. NO. 

Aunt Joe's Scrap Bag. vol.5. Alcott. 13 2017 

Bodley's Afoot. Scudder 13 2002 

Broken Walls. Warner 13 1974 

Chums. Severne 13 2010 

Cornertown Chronicles. Knox 13 2022 

Cruises with Capt. Bob. Shillaber 13 2042 

Donald's School Days. 18 1973 

Dorcas Club. 13 1965 

Eyebright. Woolsey 13 2014 

Frank, the Young Naturalist. Fosdick 13 1984 

on the Prairie. ■« 13 1982 

" among the Rancheros, " 13 1985 

in the Woods, " 13 1983 



131 

Fred Markh am in Russia. Kingston 13 2028 

Going South. Adams 13 2034 

In the Track of the Troops. 13 1970 

Live Boys. Morecamp 13 1971 

Mail Carrier. Fosdick 13 1964 

My Boyhood. Barkley 13 1972 

Ned Garth. Kingston 13 2029 

Pat. Austin 13 2019 

Post Haste. Ballantyne 13 2035 

Room for One more. Higginson 13 2015 

Telegraph Boy. Alger 13 1999 

Young Joe and Other Boys. Trowbridge 13 201G 

Young Rajah. Kingston . , 13 19G8 






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AUDITORS' STATEMENT. 



The Auditors in fulfilment of their duties, herewith present 
to the Town the reports of the various Town Officers, and 
would certify that they have examined the accounts of such 
officers as have had charge of expenditures or collections of 
moneys, and find that with a few exceptions in the Highway 
pay-rolls, they have correct and proper vouchers. 

We have already noted in our report the overdrawal of tli3 
Poor Appropriation. Several other appropriations are slight- 
ly overdrawn, and we think it well to call the attention of 
the Town to the fact, that when appropriations are thus over- 
drawn, it in reality increases the debt of the town to that 
amount, whereas if a special vote of the town be first obtained, 
appropriating a sum therefor, such amounts may, by law, be 
included in the assessment of the following year. 

(Signed) 

T. J. SKINNER, > 

E. E. EMERSON, \ Auditors. 

W. S. GREENOUGH, ) 

Wakefield, March 24, 1880. 



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INDEX. 



Appropriation Committee's Report, 

Appropriations, List of 

Assessors' Report, 

Auburn Street Appropriation, 

Auditors 1 Report, .... 

Auditors 1 Statement, 

Births, ..... 

Bryant Street Appropriation, 

Collector's Statements, 

County Tax (see Treasurer's Report,) 

Crescent and Eaton Street Repairs, 

Deaths, 

Decoration of Soldiers' Graves, 

Engineers' Report, 

Fire Department Expenses, 

Pish Committee's Expenses, 

Fish Committee's Report, 

Highways and Bridges, 

Injunction Expenses, 

Jurors' List, 

Librarian's Report, 

Library Finances, 

Loan Account (Treasurer's Report), 

Maple Street Appropriation, 

Marriages, 

Military Aid, New Law, 

Miscellaneous Expenses, 

Overseers of Poor, Report of 

Park Extension, 

Police Report, 

Reservoir cor. Chestnut and 

Rodney Edmands' Claim, 

Salaries of Town Officers, 

School Committee's Report, 

School Contingent, 

School Expenses, (Regular,) 

Selectmen's Report, 

State Aid, 

State Tax, (Treasurer's Report), 

Street Lamps, 

Support of Poor, 

Tax Deeds, List of, 

Town Clerk's Report, 

Town Debt, . 

Town House Expenses, 

Town Meetings, . 

Town Officers, List of, 

Treasurer's Report, 

Trustees of Library Report, 

Weston, Sumner, Claim of 



Emerson Street 



41 and 



39 



Patjc. 
85 
31 
78 
54 
31 
132 
88 
55 
59 
61 
56 
95 
42 
80 
37 
57 
82 
48 
56 
5 
122 
121 
61 
54 
91 
44 
44 
65 
54 
81 
55 
57 
40 
99 
34 
32 
75 
63 
61 
42 
and 65 
64 
87 
62 
43 
6 

n 

O 

60 

117 

56 



THE 



SIXTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



THE T 




H 



H 






OF WAKEFIELD, 



FOR THE 



Financial Year Ending March 1, 1881, 



ALSO, 



THE TOWN CLERK'S RECORD 



OF THE 



BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS 



T3TJFlTm<3c THE "YE^IR. 18SO. 



WAKEFIELD: 

THE CITIZEN & BANNER PRESS. 

1SS1. 



TOWN OFFICE11S FOR 1880-1. 



Selectmen. 

THEODORE E. BALCH, Chairman. 

ARLON S. ATHERTON, Secretary. BUCHANAN B. BURBANK. 



Tiwn C'erk. 
CHARLES F. IIARTSHORNE. 



Treasurer. 
JAMES F. EMERSON. 



Assessors. 

JAMES OLIVER, Chairman. 

CHARLES F. HARTSHORNE, Secretary. DAVID PERKINS. 



Overseers of the Poor. 

JOHN M. CATE, Chairman. 

WILLIAM G. STRONG. Secretary. THEODORE E. BALCH. 



School Committee. 

LUCIUS BEEBE, .... Term expires 1883. 

THEODORE E. BALCH. Treasurer, . " » 1883. 

SAMUEL K. HAMILTON, Chairman, " " 1882. 

WM. N. TYLER, Secretary, . . " 1882. 

E. P. COLBY " 1881. 

GEO. W. ABORN " 1881. 



Auditors. 
T. J. SKINNER, E. E. EMERSON, . W. S. GREENOUGII. 



Collector of Taxes. 
RICHARD BRITTON. 



Engineers of the Fire Department. 
JOHN VV. JENKINS, Chief. 
WILLIAM II. GRAY, Secretary. CHARLES W. TROW. 



Trustees of the Bcebe Town Library. 
LUCIUS BEEBE. CYRUS WAKEFIELD, 

EDWARD MANSFIELD, Chairman, THOMAS WINSHIP, 

CHESTER W. EATON. Treasurer, HARRIET N. FLINT, 

T. E. BALCH, Secretary, JOHN M. CATE, 

S. O. RICHARDSON, F. P. HURl), 

II. H. SAVAGE, AZEL AMES, JR. 

GEORGE II. TEAGUE. 



Fuh Committee. 
OSCAR I. STOWELL, SAMUEL PARKER, JR. 

J. HENRY CARTLAND. 



Seller of We/g'i's and Measures. 
CHARLES F. HARTSHORN E. 



JOHN G. MORRILL, 
JOSEPH CONNELL, 

LEVI B. EATON, 
CHARLES II. HART, 
STMEON PARKER, 
HENRF N. OLIVER, 



Highway Surveyors. 



Centre District 

North 

South ' 

East 

West 

Woodville' 



GEORGE PACKARD, 



Fence- Viewers. 

CHARLES II. STEARNS, 
GEORGE II. TEAGUE. 



Found- Keeper. 
J. CLARENCE WIHTFORD. 



Police Officers. 
WILLIAM II. GRAY. Chief, 
GEORGE E. GAMAGE, Clerk, 
ORRIN C. POTTER, 
JOHN F. WHITING.* 
JOHN A. MOLONEY* . . 

*Night watch. 



MOSES STAPLES, 
JOHN W. JENKINS, 
JOHN McMAHAN, 
JOHN DRUGAN.f 

f-Resigned Aug. 19th. 



\OYL ^f Clt)l P 9 

CHARLES II. DAVIS, MOSES STAPLES, HOWARD EMERSON. 



WILLIAM II. GRAY, 



Truant Officers. 



GEORGE E. GAMAGE. 



GEORGE W. AROliN, 
A. A. MANSFIELD, 



WM. H. GRAY, 
M. C. EVANS, 
B. F. ABBOTT, 
JOSHUv WALTON, 
A. A. MANSFIELD, 



Weighers of Coal and Merchandise 



E. W. EATON 



Measurers of Wood. 



GEORGE K. OILMAN, 
A. W. CHAPMAN, 



C. W. GREEN, 
A. J. HUTCHINSON, 
HENRY CLAY, 
JOSEPH TUTTLE, 
E. W. EATON. 



Surveyors of Lumber. 

["By oversight these officers were not chosen at the annual Town Meeting, and the fol- 
lowing persons were appointed by Selectmen.] 

C. F. B1CKFORD, HENRY CLAY, FRED II. HENRY, 

GEORGE II. TEAGUE. 



i 



THOMAS HICKS, 
EUGENE E. OLIVER. 



Field-Drivers. 
W. W. BESSEY, 
EDWARD GREEN, 



AARON BUTLER, 
FRANK POND. 



Committee on Appropriation*. 

W. S. GREENOUGH, JAMES F. EMERSON, 

LUCIUS BERBE, LEVI B. EATON. 

WM. II. ATWELL, J. J. MANSFIELD, 

J. C. HARISIIORNE, T. .1. SKINNER, 

E. E. OLIVER, JAMES OLIVER, 

THOMAS WINSHIP, T. E. BALl'H, 
WM. F. YOUNG, JOSHUA WALTON. A. VV. BROWNELL, 



List of Jurors 



Accepted by the Town, November 2, 1880. 



Abbott, Henry F. 
Abbott, Benj. F. 
Allen, Mark W. 
Atherton, Arlon S. 
Atwell, John 
Beebe, Cyrus G. 
Bridger, William J. 
Baleh, Theodore E. 
Boardman, Moses 
Bickford, Charles F.' 
Burbank, B. B. 
Brownell, Alsted W. 
Connell, Joseph 
Carter, James II. 
Crocker, Luther 
Eaton, Levi B. 
Emerson, Frederic 
Emerson, James E. 
Emmons, Dimon T. 
Flanley, John 
Floyd, George IT. 
Foster, Daniel D. 
Gil-man, George K. 
Greenough, Wm. S. 
Haskell, Henry L. 
Heath, Leonard N. 
Jenkins, John W. 
Kendrick, Rufus 
Kennedy, Thomas 
Knight, Elisha 



Little field, Samuel F. 
Low, Michr.el 
Mansfield, Joseph D. 
Mansfield, James J. 
Mason, David P. 
Newhall, John S. 
Nichols, Jefferson 
Nichols, Warren 
Niles, Charles E. 
O'Hea, Bartholomew 
Oliver, Henry N. 
Oliver, James 
Perkins, Andrew C. 
Perkins, David 
Parker, Samuel Jr. 
Philpot, Cyrus A. 
Poland, J. Warren 
Potter, James W. 
Putney, St ill man J. 
Rayner, James 
Bon an, Michael 
Stearns, Chas. II. 
Stovvell, Issachar 
Turnbull, Alexander 
Tyler, John H. 
Walton, Herbert W. 
Walton, Oliver 
Wiley, John 
Young, William F. 
Swett, Daniel 



HEC0ED3 OF TOWN MEETINGS. 



TOWN MEETING, MARCH 8th, 1880. 
Article 1. To choose by ballot a Moderator to preside in said 



meeting. 



William S. Greenough was chosen Moderator by ballot. 

Art. 2. To hoar and act upon the Report of the Committee, who 
were charged with the duty of examining the past and present system 
of managing the Town Farm. 

William F. Young, in behalf of the Committee, pre- 
sented a lengthy and detailed report of their investigations, 
and after a long discussion it was voted, on motion of Wm. 
N. Tyler, Esq., that the report be referred back to the com- 
mittee, with instructions to have the same printed, and have 
them ready for distribution within eight days; and that the 
committee be instructed to embody in their repoit the num- 
ber of tramps provided for, and the cost of so doing, since 
1872. 

Voted, That the committee be authorized to print 1500 
copies of their report. 

Capt. John M. Cate presented to the town a communica- 
tion from Mrs. Harriet N. Flint in regard to accepting a do- 
nation of two hundred dollars to be expended in decorating 
and beautifying Memorial Hall. 

Voted, That the very generous proposition of Mrs. Flint 
be accepted by the town. 



Voted, That a committee of three be appointed by the 
chair to confer with Mrs. Flint in regard to the matter. 

The following committee were appointed by the chair, 
viz. : John M. Cate, B. B. Burbank and James H. Carter. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will accept the provisions of Chap. 158, 
Acts of the year 1871, entitled an "Act to provide for the election of 
Road Commissioners." 

No action taken under this article. 
Voted, That the meeting be dissolved. 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, APRIL 5th, 1880. 

Art. 1. To choose by ballot a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 
Samuel K. Hamilton was elected Moderator (23 votes). 

Voted, That when the town take up the town business in 
the warrant, it take up the articles seriatim, with the excep- 
tion of Article 44. 

Voted, To take up Article 44. 

Art. 44. To see if the town will rescind the vote passed April 1st, 
1878, whereby the town voted to accept the provisions of Chap. 186 of 
the Acts of the year 1877, in relation to Overseers of the Poor, or what 
they will do about it. 

Voted, To revoke the vote passed April 1st, 1878, ac- 
cepting the provisions of Chapter 186 of the Acts of the 
year 1877, in regard to the election of Overseers of the 
Poor, (yeas 53, nays 30). 

A motion made bv John M. Cate to reconsider the vote 
just passed was lost. 

Voted, On motion of James II. Carter, that no persons 
except those so authorized be allowed on the platform. 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the Annual Reports of Town Officers. 

Voted, That the Reports of the Town Officers as printed 
be accepted by the town. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the reports of the Committee on Ap- 
propriations. 



8 



Voted, That the Report of the Committee on Appropria- 
tions be accepted os printed. 

Art. 4. To choose, by ballot, Town Clerk, Treasurer, Selectmen 
Assessors. Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Tax Collector, 
Constables, Board of Health, Highway Surveyors, Fence Viewers and 
Fish Committee. All the above-named officers upon one ballot, in the 
above order, will be received in one box. 

Voted, To elect all the officers named in this Article by 
ballot. 

The chair appointed the following named persons to super- 
intend the check-list, viz. : Edward Mansfield, Charles F. 
Woodward, John Hogan and James H. Carter, and then de- 
clared the polls open for the reception of ballots for the 
various officers named in the warrant. 

Later in the meeting the chair appointed the following 
committee to sort and count votes, viz. : William S. Green- 
ough, Charles F. Richardson, A. W. Brownell, E. II. Wal- 
ton, O. V. Waterman and J. S. Eaton. 

Kesult of the ballot as afterward announced at 11.40 

o'clock P. M. 

Town Clerk. 
Charles F. Hartshorne had 476 votes. . . (Elected.) 
Jacob C. Hartshorne " 78 " . . 

Scattering . . 2 " . . 

Treasurer. 
James F. Emerson had 561 votes. . . (Elected.) 

Scattering . . 5 " 

S)flept\ien 
Theodore E. Balch, . . . (Elected.) 351 

Buchanan B. Burbank, " 232 

Arlon S. Atherton, " 223 

James Oliver, . 21.7 

William N. Tyler, ....... 173 

Thomas Winship, ' 110 

David Perkins, 113 

Hosca L. Day, 100 

Amos W. Chapman, 93 

Scattering 24 

Assessors. 
David Perkins, . . . . . (Elected.) 565 

Charles F. Hartshorne, " 369 

James Oliver, " 254 



9 



Mason S. Southworth, . 
Isaac F. Eaton, 
Waldo K. Cowdrey, 
J<hn W. Jenkins, 



Scattering 



170 
107 
105 

72 
36 



Overseers of the Poor. 

Owing to the mixed condition of the tickets in the field in consequence of the revolve- 
ment «»f the vote passed April 1st, 1878. i see tuticn under Art. 44. Page 7), there was 
a large scattering vote. We at e apt, therefore, to give only the votes for the leading 
Candida tea— [ A udi t( >rs ] . 



For three year,*, wilh t iree names on a tick 


:et. 


Cyrus N. White, 


• • • • 


15 


W. G. Strong, 


• . . • 


6 


James W. Dean, 


.... 


7 


Theodore E. Balch 


, » . . 


14 


Scattering 


• • • • 


29 


For three 


year?, one name on a ticket. 




Theodore E. Balch, 


• 


121 


John M. Gate, 


.... 


97 


Henry II. Savage, 


• • • 


22 


Vv r . G. Strong, 


. • • 


20 


Scattering 


No time specified. 


10 


John M. Gate, 


. . . • 


162 


Win. G. Strong, 


. . . < 


172 


Theodore E. Balch, 


. . • . . 


131 


Joseph Connell, 


. . . • • 


149 


Cyrus N. White, 


. . . . . 


110 


James \V. Dean, 


. . . . • 


91 


James W. Deane, 


. . . . • 


35 


Scattering 


. . • . • 


48 



The Moderator declined to announce who were elected as 
Overseers of the Poor until the adjourned meeting, and on 
motion of W. S. Greenough it was Voted, that it is the 
sense of this meeting' that the Moderator ouirht to take legal 
advice before declaring the vote for Overseers of the Poor. 

o 

[For decision, see records of adjourned meeting.] 



School Committee. 
For three years. 



Lucius Beebe, 
Theodore E. Balch, 



(Elected.) 



560 
519 



10 



R. M. Nott, . 


• • • 


• • 


6 


Austin S. Garver, 


. . . 


• • 


11 


A. S. G.irver, . 


• • • 


. . 


10 


Scattering: 


. . . 


. . 


7 


Richard Britton, 
Arlon S. Atherton, 


Tax Collector. 


(Elected.) 


451 
103 


Scattering 


• • • 


. 


1 


Charles II. Davis, 


Constables. 


(Elected.) 


468 


Moses Staples, 


• . • 


1 1 


45^S 


Howard Emerson, 


. . . 


1 1 


659 


W. H. Gray, . 


• • . 


• • 


91 


Nathaniel Palmer, 


• • • 


. . 


97 


Scattering 

O 


. . . 


. . 


7 


S. 0. Richardson, 
E. P. Colby, . 


Board of Heath. 


(Elected.) 


348 
408 


John M. Cate . 


... 


<< 


202 


Joseph L). Mansfield, 




119 


Charles F. Richard 


son, 




194 


Samuel \V. Abbott 


• • 




84 


J. D. Mansfield, 


• . . 




90 


Scattering . 


• . • 


• 


9-2 


George Packard, 
Charles II. Stearns, 


Fence Viewers. 


(Elected.) 

14 


552 
404 


George II. Teagne, 


. 


«« 


308 


Alexander Turubul 


I, 


. . 


93 


Win. G. Strong, 


, . . 


. . 


94 


Levi B. Eaton, 


. . . 


. 


98 


Scattering . 


• . . 


. 


II 


Oscar I. Stowell. 


Fish Committee. 


(Elected.) 


445 


J. Henry Cartland, 


. . 


<< 


257 


Samuel Parker. Jr. 


» • • 


n 


401 


Will. S. Green ougli 


♦ 




178 


James H. Carter, 


. 




103 


Reuben L. Cooper, 


. . 




105 


Thomas Gould, 


. . . 




98 


Scattering 


... 




34 


Highway Surveyors 
Centre District. 
John G. Morrill, 

John M. Cate, 


(Elected.) 


305 
239 


Sea: te ring . 


• . • 


• 


9 



11 



Xorih District. 



Joseph Conn ell, 
Ben;. F. Shedd, 
Clms. F. Bickford, 
Scattering 

Levi B. Eaton, 
Scattering 

Charles H. TTart, . 
'J horn is Gould, . 
Bartholomew O'llea, 
James J. Mansfield, 
Scattering 

Sun eon Parker, . 
J. inies Killoran, . 
Cyrus Kimball, . 
Scattering 



(Elected.) 



South District. 



East District. 



(Elected.) 
(Elected.) 



West District. 



(Elected.) 



Woodcil'e District. 



Henry X. Oliver, 
Joshua Perham. 
Scattering 



(Elected.) 



231 

115 

im 

1G 

171 

138 

9L 
21 

281 
108 
1U3 



4C3 

9G 

2 



Art. 5. To choose all necessary town officers not required to be 
chosen by ballot for the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the chair appoint a committee of three, who 
shall retire and nominate a committee of thirteen, three from 
the Centre and two from each of the other wards, who shall 
present a list of names to this meeting, for officers not 
chosen by ballot. 

The chair appointed as the committee of three, Messrs. E. 
E. Emerson, Richard Britton and H. II. Savage. This com- 
mittee afterwards reported as the nominating committee of 
thirteen the following named gentlemen : 

Centie Dislr'.ct — S. 0. Richardson, Thomas Winship, John Puring- 

ton, 
North " Henry Haskell, Jr., 

South " 11. 11. Savage, 

East " George II. Wiley, 

West " Win. N. Tyler, 

Woodville " Benj. W. Oliver, 



E. E. Emerson, 
Levi B. Eaton, 
Issachar Stowell, 
George II. Teague, 
George E. Ganiage. 



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This committee later in the meeting reported the follow- 
ing names, who were elected to the various offices named, 
each name being voted upon separately. 

Auditors. 
T. J. Skinner, E. E. Emerson, W. S. Greenough, 

Trustees of the Town Library. 
Lucius Beebe, T. E. Bak-h, Thomas Winship, 

Edward Mansfield, Cyrus Wakefield, Harriet N. Flint, 

E. P. Hurd, II. II. Savage, George II. Teaguc, 

C. W. Eaton, S. O. Richardson, John M. Catc, 

Azel Ames, Jr. 

Weig.iers of Coal and Merchandise. 
Geo. W. Aborn, A. A. Mansfield, George K. Gilman, 

A. W. Chapman, E. W. Eaton. 

Measurers of Wood. 
Wm. II. Gray, C. W. Green, M. C. Evans, 

A. J. Hutchinson, B. F. Abbott, Henry Clay, 

A. A. Mansfield, Joseph Tutlle, Joshua Walton, 

E. W r . Eaton. 

Field Drivers. 
Thomas Hicks, W. W. Bessey, Aaron Butler, 

Eugene Oliver, Edward Green, Frank Pond. 

Committee on Appropriations. 
W. S. Greenough, J. F. Emerson, Lucius Benbe, 

L. B. Eaton, Wm. II. Atvvell, J. J. Mansfield, 

J. C. Hartshorne, T. J. Skinner, E. E. Oliver, 

James Oliver, Thomas Winship, T. E. Bileh, 

Wm. F. Young, A. W. Brownell, Joshua Walton. 

Voted, That the remaining articles in the warrant be taken 
up at one o'clock p. m. 

Voted, That the c Dinners be instructed to count the bal- 
lots cast for Overseers of the Poor for three years, as ballots 
cast for one year. 

Voted, That in all discussions on articles in the warrant 
no person be allowed to speak more than twice on the same 
subject, and not more than five minutes at a time. 

Voted, That the polls be kept open for th'3 reception of 
ballots until five and one-half o'clock in the afternoon, and 
then closed. 



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At one o'clock p. m. the meeting was called to order for 

the transaction of town business. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will authorize their Treasurer to hire 
money to pay all demands, in anticipation of taxes. 

Voted, That the treasurer be authorized to hire money to 

pay all demands in anticipation of taxes. 

Art. 7. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for the payment of town debt and interest. 

Voted, That the sum of live thousand dollars ($5000) be 

raised and appropriated for the payment of the town debt, 

and six thousand dollars ($6000) for payment of the interest 

upon town debt. 

Art. 8. To see how much money the town will raise and "appropri- 
ate for the support of schools for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of eleven thou- 
sand five hundred dollars ($11,500) for the support of schools 
for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate one thousand dollars 
($1000) for school contingent fund, and the sum of five hun- 
dred dollars ($500) for painting school houses. 

Art. 9. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for the support of the poor for the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the sum of five thousand dollars ($5000) be 
raised and appropriated for the support of the poor the year 
ensuing. 

Art. 10. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for repairs of highways and bridges for the year ensuing, and 
determine how the same shall be expended. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of three thousand 
dollars ($3000) for the repairs of highways and bridges for 
the ensuing year. 

No further action taken. 

Art. 11. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for the support of the Fire Department for the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the sum of two thousand dollars ($2000) be 
raised and appropriated for the support of the Fire Depart- 
ment for the 3'ear ensuing. 



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Art. 12. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for the maintenance of the Public Lilrary fjr the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of three hundred 
dollars ($300) in addition to the fund from the Dog-tax, for 
the maintenance of the Public Library for the year ensuing. 

Art. 1<>. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for the payment of town officers for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of twenty-three 
hundred and twenty-five dollars ($2325) for payment of town 
officers, and that the salaries of the officers be the same as 
recommended by the Appropriation Committee, viz. : 



Town Treasurer, . 


• • 


$ 50 


Town Clerk, 


• • 


100 


Board of Selectmen, 


. . 


400 


" " Assessors, 


. . 


350 


" " Overseers of the Poor, 


. . 


150 


" ki School Committee, 


. 


200 


" " Fire Engineers, 


. 


75 


" " Auditors, 


. , 


100 


Tax Collector, for collecting tax warrant of 




1880, 


* • 


. 400 


Constable and Police Service, 


• • 


500 



Total, 



$2325 



APwT. 14. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for street lamps for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 
dollars ($1000) for the expenses of street lamps for the en- 
suing year. 

Art. 15. To see how much money the town will raise and appropri- 
ate for miscellaneous expenses for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of twenty-five 

hundred dollars ($2500) for the payment of miscellaneous 

expenses and military aid. 



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Art. 16. To see how much mone}' the town will raise and appro- 
priate for town house expenses for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 

dollars ($1000) for Town House expenses. 

Art. 17. To see how much money the town will raise and appro- 
priate for the purpose of additional improvement of the Park extension. 

Voted, That the sum of three hundred dollars ($300) be 

raised and appropriated, to be expended with the proceeds 

from the sale of grass, under the direction of the Selectmen, 

for the improvement of the Park extension ; and that it shall 

be made as much as consistently can be, to serve the cause 

of charity, and provide labor for the unemployed worthy 

poor. 

Art. 18. To see what method the town will aflopt for the collection 
of taxes for the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the town adopt the same method for collect- 
ing taxes as was adopted for the year 1879. [See Annual 
Report of last year, page 12, or Town Clerk's Record, Book 
No. 6, Fol. 510.] 

Art. 19. To see if the town will authorize their Collector of Taxes 
for the year ensuing to use all means for the collection of taxes, which 
a Town Treasurer when appointed Collector may use. 

Voted, That, the Collector of Taxes for the year ensuing 

be authorized to use all means for the collection of taxes, 

which a Town Treasurer when appointed Collector may use. 

Art. 20. To determine the compensation of enginemen for the year 
ensuing. 

Voted, That the compensation of enginemen for the en- 
suing year be fixed at the sum of thirteen dollars [$13], and 
a sum equal to the poll tax. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will authorize their Treasurer to hire 
money on a term of years fur the purpose of providing for payment 
of town notes, maturing during the present year. 

Voted, That the Treasurer be authorized, with the ap- 
proval of the Selectmen, to borrow money to renew or re- 
place any existing loan or loans on such term of years, not 
exceeding ten years, as in their judgment may be deemed 
desirable. 



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Art. 22. To see what additional regulations if any the town will 
adopt in respect to sales of real estate held by the town by virtue of 
tax-deeds, in cases where the sum offered shall not be sufficient to re- 
imburse the town to the full amount of taxes and expenses. 

Voted, That in sales by auction or otherwise of real estate 
held by the town by virtue of tax-deeds, in cases where the 
sums offered shall not be sufficient to re-imburse the town 
for its outlay, the Treasurer and Selectmen, acting together, 
be invested with discretionary power as to terms of settle- 
ment. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will authorize and direct its Assessors 
to make a new and revised valuation of taxable estates, and cause a list 
of the same to be printed, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, That the town authorize and direct its Board of 
Assessors to make a new and revised valuation of taxable 
estates, and cause a list of the same to be printed for distri- 
bution, and that the sum of three hundred dollars [$300] be 
raised and appropriated to pay the expense of the same. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will authorize its Assessors to procure 
from the South District Registry of Deeds an annual list of conveyances 
of real estate in Wakefield, as an aid to the legal and accurate assess- 
ment of taxe*, or what action it will take in the matter. 

Voted, That the Assessors be authorized to procure from 
the South District Registry of Deeds an annual list of con- 
veyances of real estate in Wakefield, to aid the Assessors in 
making an accurate assessment of taxes. 

Akt. 25. To see if the town will authorize its Selectmen to provide 
a night watch, or whether it will authorize them to kepp two or more 
policemen on duty evenings until midnight, or what it will do in rela- 
tion thereto. 

A motion to pass over was rejected, [yeas 10, nays 37]. 
Voted, To leave the matter discretionary with the Select- 
men. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars (81.30) to decorate soldiers' graves on Memorial 
Day, or what they will do about it; 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars [$150] to decorate soldiers' graves on Me- 
morial Day. 



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Art. 27. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum ot 
two hundred dollars ($200) for the purpose of building a sidewalk upon 
Main street from near the house of Mr. Beebe to Lowell street, or what 
they will do in the matter. 

Voted, That the subject of this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will reimburse the petitioners for an in- 
junction in the case of the C. Wakefield Engine Co. for the legal ex- 
penses incurred by them. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred 

and twenty-five dollars [$125] to re-imburse the petitioners 

for an injunction in the case of the C. Wakefield Engine Co. 

Art. 29. To see if the town will order by ballot, yeas or nays, a 
vote upon the question of licenses for the sale of spirituous and intoxi- 
cating liquors for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To indefinitely postpone this subject, [yeas 54, 

nays $8. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to require 
all local organizations using the Town Hall to pay therefor a sum that 
shall at least cover the cost of heating, lighting and janitor's services. 

Voted, That the town instruct its Selectmen to require all 

local organizations using the Town Hall to pay such sums for 

the use of the hall as shall cover the expense of heating, 

lighting and janitor's services. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will appoint a committee to report, for 
adoption by the town, a new and revised list of Rules and Orders, to be 
observed in all meetings of the town, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, That a committee of five, to include the Modera- 
tor, be appointed to prepare and report at the next meeting 
a new and revised list of Eules and Orders for adoption by 
the town, to be observed in all town meetings. 

The following gentlemen were appointed that committee : 

S. K. Hamilton, W. S. Greenough, James Oliver, Thomas 

Winship and William F. Young. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of one hun- 
dred and twenty-five dollars ($125) to improve the lighting of the 
Town Hall, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, To refer this matter to a committee of three to re- 



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port at a future meeting. The chair appointed as this com- 
mittee John Puriugton, Lucius Beebe and James F. Emer- 
son. 

Art. 33. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of twenty dol- 
lars ($20) for the use of the Fish Committee. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of twenty dol- 
lars [$20] for the use of the Fish Committee. 

Art. 34. To see if the town will instruct the engineers to appoint 
a company for the C. Wakefield Engine, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, That the town instruct the engineers to appoint a 
company for the C. Wakefield Engine, [yeas 94, nays 39.] 

Art. 35. To see if the town will take any action for the improve- 
ment of the acoustic properties of the Town Hall. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized to take such ac- 
tion for the improvement of the acoustic properties of the 
Town Hall as they find can be done at an expense not ex- 
ceeding two hundred dollars. 

Art. 36. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of fifty dol- 
lars ($50) to grade the road-bed and sidewalks on Pleasant street be- 
tween Otis and Vernon streets, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, To indefinitely postpone this article. 

A motion to reconsider prevailed, [yeas 63, nays 44], and 
it was then voted to raise and appropriate the sum of fifty 
dollars [$50) to grade the road-bed and sidewalks on Pleas- 
ant street between Otis and Vernon streets. 

Art. 37. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of one thou- 
sand dollars ($1000) to be expended under the direction of the Select- 
men, to lay concrete sidewalks opposite the estates, whose owners will 
pay one-half of the expense of laying the same, or what they will do 
about it. 

Voted, That the sum of one thousand dollars [$1000] be 
raised and appropriated, to be expended under the direction 
of the Selectmen, to lay concrete sidewalks opposite the es- 
tates where the abuttors are willing to pay one-half of the 
expense of laying the same. 

Art. 38. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of six hundred 
dollars ($600) for the purpose of enforcing the liquor law. 



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Voted, That the subject of this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 39. To see if the town will grant the free use of the Town 
Hall to all temperance organizations of Wakefield. 

Voted, That any action under this article be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Art. 40. To see if the town will build a sidewalk from the residence 
of the late James Eustis to the residence of the late Luther Reed on 
Elm street, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, To indefinitely postpone this article. 

Art. 41. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to request 
the Eastern Railroad Company to open the original water course near 
the centre of the meadow east of Yernon street, or what they will do 
about it. 

Voted, That this article be referred to the Selectmen, 
with instructions to request the Eastern Eailroad Company 
to open the original water course near the centre of the 
meadow east of Vernon street. 

Art. 42. To see if the town will authorize the sale of the Hearse- 
house, Hearse, and all articles pertaining to the same, or what they will 
do in relation to the matter. 

Voted, That the subject of this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Art. 43. To see if the town will grade pleasant street from Eaton 
to Salem streets, and appropriate the sum of one hundred and twenty- 
five dollars ($125) for that purpose, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, To indefinitely postpone any action under this 
article. 

Art. 44. For action under this article see page 7. 

Art. 45. To see if the town will accept a donation of two hundred 
dollars ($200) from Mrs. Harriet N. Flint, said sum to be expended in 
decorating Memorial Hall. 

Voted, That the town accept the donation of two hundred 
dollars [$200] from Mrs. Harriet N. Flint, and that the 
thanks of the town be extended to her for her liberal dona- 
tion. 

Art. 46. To see if the town will protect the shade- trees on Elm- 
street from canker-worms. 



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Voted, That the article be left in the hands of the Select- 
men. 

Art. 47. To see if the town will appropriate the sum ot one hun- 
dred dollars ($100) for grading Mechanic street, and building side- 
walks upon the same, or what action they will take in the matter. 

Voted, That this article be referred to the Highway Sur- 
veyor for the Centre District to take such action as he shall 
see fit. 

Art. 48. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars ($150) to grade Highland street, or what 
they will do about it. 

Voted, To raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars [$150] to grade Highland street, to be ex- 
pended under the direction of the Selectmen. 

Art. 49. To hear and act upon the report of the Selectmen with 
reference to the extension of Otis street, easterly to Vernon street, as 
petitioned for by O. V. Waterman and others. 

The Keport of the Selectmen for the extension of Otis 
street was submitted by James Oliver, Chairman of Board 
of Selectmen. 

Voted, To accept and adopt the report. 

(Eeport recorded in Commissioners' Records, Book 1, 

Page 61.) 

Art. 50. To see what action the town will take in regard to pro- 
curing a keeper for the Town Farm, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, That the subject matter of this article be referred 
to the Overseers of the Poor with discretionary authority. 

Voted, On motion of J. M. Cate, that it is the sense of 
this meeting that the Board of Overseers do not hire a keep- 
er of the Town Farm for the year succeeding their term of 
office, and that the Overseers be instructed not to appoint a 
Superintendent of the Town Farm before the second Monday 
of April. 

Art. 51. To see what action the town will take in regard to the col- 
lection of moneys belonging to the town, the evidence of which is in 
the possession of citizens of the town, or what they will do about it. 

Voted, To indefinitely postpone. 



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Art. 52. To see if the town will direct the Selectmen to place in 
every town warrant the article " To hear and act upon the reports of 
committees." 

Voted, On motion of A. F. Hutchinson, that the Select- 
men be instructed to place the article " To hear and act on 
Eeports of Committees " in any warrant for a town meeting, 
except the annual meeting, or when the town shall direct a 
committee to report at a particular meeting, unless the com- 
mittee give notice in season that they intend to report, and 
the subject they intend to report on. And the Selectmen 
shall name the committee, and the subject they intend to re- 
port on in the article. 

Art. 53. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to pay 
Henry B. Waitt a bounty of one hundred dollars ($100) with interest, 
which he claims to be due him, for filling the quota of the town in the 
late rebellion, and appropriate money therefor, or what action they 
will take in the matter. 

Voted, That this subject be referred to the Selectmen, 
and that the town abide by their decision. 

Art. 54. To see if the town will instruct the Overseers of the Poor 
to employ with labor all able-bodied persons requiring assistance from 
the town, and authorize them to pay it from the appropriation for the 
poor, and charge it to them as so much labor performed, and not as 
given to paupers, or what will they do about it. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor have discretionary 
authority to use out of the regular appropriation the sum of 
three hundred dollars [$300] to be charged to account of 
wages in place of given to paupers. 

Art. 55. To see what action the town will take in relation to paying 
a bounty of one hundred dollars ($100) to Henry H. Evans. 

Voted, To refer this article to the Selectmeu, and they to 
report thereon. 

Art. 56. To hear and act upon reports of committees. 
Voted, That all action under this article be deferred to the 
adjourned meeting. 

Voted, That when this meeting adjourn it be for one week 
at 7.30 o'clock p. m. 



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The following resolution was adopted by the town : 

Resolved, That the Town Clerk be instructed to take pos- 
session of all the ballots cast for town officers, and preserve 
the same for the space of three months. 

On motion of John M. Cate it was voted that the thanks 
of the meeting be tendered to S. K. Hamilton, Moderator, 
for the very able and expeditious manner in which he has 
conducted the business of this meeting, and that he be paid 
ten dollars [$10] for his services. 

At 12.10 o'clock a. m. April 6th, 1880, the chair declared 
the meeting adjourned until next Monday evening at 7.30 
o'clock. 



ADJOURNED MEETING, APRIL 12, 1880. 

The meeting was called to order by S. K. Hamilton, Esq., 

Moderator, who proceeded to read the opinion of John P. 

Healy, Esq., in regard to the election of Overseers of the 

Poor. 

Boston, April 10th, 1880. 
Samuel K. Hamilton, Esq. 

Dear Sir — Having fully considered the questions you pro- 
posed to me, respecting the balloting for Overseers of the 
Poor on the fifth instant in the town of Wakefield, I submit 
the following 

opinion : 

When the town had revoked its acceptance of the provis- 
ions of May 4th, 1877, being Chapter 186 of the Acts of 
that year, it became its duty to elect Overseers of the Poor, 
in the same manner as if the acceptance had never been made, 
that is, to elect three persons for that office for the term of 
one year. An election could not be made for any longer 
term of either of the three. The adding of the words " for 
three years " after the name of the candidate voted for, has 
no legal significance whatever ; they should be rejected as 
surplusage, and the ballot counted for the candidate borne 
thereon, as it would be if those words had not been added. 

It was competent in the election of Overseers of the Poor 



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for any voter to cast bis vote for one, two or three persons, 
and the vote must be counted for the person or persons 
voted for, though the number voted for be less than three. 

Ballots bearing the initials only of the Christian name of a 
candidate are entitled to be counted. 

My conclusion, therefore, is, that the three persons having 
the largest number of votes, to wit : Theodore E. Balch, 
John M. Cate and William G. Strong, were legally elected 
Overseers of the Poor for the coming year. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 

(Signed) J. P. HEALY. 

The Moderator then declared Messrs. Balch, Cate and 
Strong elected Overseers of the Poor for the current year. 

The following resolution was offered by John A. Meloney 
and adopted by the town : 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this meeting that the town 
pay its laborers one dollar and seventy-five cents per day for 
labor upon the highway. 

Art. 56 was then taken up, which was as follows : "To hear and act 
upon reports of committees." 

On motion of W. F. Young it was voted to rescind the 

rule whereby we voted that no person be allowed to speak 

more than twice on the same subject, and not more than five 

minutes at a time. A motion was then offered to accept the 

report of the committee, who were charged with the duty of 

examining the past and present system of managing the 

Town Farm. 

[This report was in printed form, and had been previously 
circulated through the town. As it was lengthy, we omit re- 
printing ; it can be found on file in the Town Clerk's office] . 
Wm. F. Young then spoke in favor of the Eeport of the 
Committee for one hour and thirty minutes. A motion to 
amend was then offered by E. A. Upton, Esq., by adding 
thereto " The reply of the Overseer? of the Poor to the 
Committee's Eeport. [This reply was also printed, and had 
received general circulation] . 

Mr. Upton then addressed the meeting in behalf of the 
reply of the Overseers of the Poor. 



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W. S. Greenough moved that the reports of the Committee 
and Overseers of the Poor be referred to a new committee, 
they to obtain all the facts in the case, and to report at a 
future meeting. 

Mr. Low called for the previous question which was voted. 

The motion of Mr. Greenough was lost, [yeas 78, nays 128.] 

The amendment of Mr. Upton was lost [yeas 77, nays 113.] 

The motion to accept the report of the Committee was 
then carried in the affirmative. 
Voted, To adopt the report. 

Voted, That the thanks of the town be extended to the 
Committee. 

At 11.45 p. m. voted, that this meeting be dissolved. . 



TOWN MEETING, NOVEMBER 2d, 1880. 

PRESIDENTIAL AND STATE ELECTION. 

The meeting was called to order by T. E. Balch, Chair- 
man of the Board of Selectmen. After the reading of the 
warrant, prayer was offered by the Rev. R. R. Riddell. 

The chair appointed Charles H. Davis and William H. 
Gray to assist in checking the names on the voting list. 

Voted, That the polls be kept open until 4.45 o'clock 
p. M. and then be closed. 

The polls were then declared open for the reception of 
ballots for the various officers named in the warrant. 

Result of the Ballot. 

The Republican ticket, " Garfield and Arthur," . 625 votes 

The Democratic " " Hancock and English," . 332 

The Greenback " " Weaver and Chambers," 41 " 

For Representative in Congress. 

Selwyn Z. Bowman of Somerville had . .. 427 votes 

Lucius Beebe of Wakefield . . . ' . 359 " 

James N. Buffum of Lynn . ... 37 



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For Governor. 

John D. Long of Hingham had .... 623 votes 

Charles P. Thompson of Gloucester . . . 357 " 

Horace Binney Sargent of Salem . . 64 " 

For Lieutenant Governor. 

Byron Weston of Dalton had .... 625 votes 

Alpha E. Thompson of Woburn . ... 360 " 

George Dutton of Springfield . . . 43 " 

For Secretary of the Commonwealth. 
Henry B. Peirce of Abington had . . . 625 votes 

Michael T. Donahoe of Somerville . . . 363 
Jonathan Arnold of North Abington . . 43 " 

For Treasurer and Receiver General. 

Daniel A. Gleason of Medford had . . . 625 votes 

Francis J. Parker of Newton .... 364 " 

Wilbur F. Whitney of Ashburnham . . . 43 " 

For Auditor. 

Charles R. Ladd of Springfield had . . . 625 votes 

Charles R. Field of Greenfield . . . . 364 

Charles F. Warner of Northampton . . 43 " 

For Attorney General. 

George Marston of New Bedford had . . . 625 votes 

Patrick A. Collins of Boston . . . . 363 " 

Israel W. Andrews of Danvers . . . 43 " 

For Councillor, Sixth District. 

George Heywood of Concord had . . . 625 votes. 

Daniel Wetherbee of Acton . . . . 364 " 

Walter Raynor of Reading . . . 42 " 

For Sheriff. 

Eben W. Fiske of Waltham had . , . 625 votes 

Godfrey Ryder of Medford . . . . 364 

Wm. H. Turner of Stoneham . . . . 43 " 

For District Attorney. 

Wm. B. Stevens of Stoneham had . . . 624 votes 

James J. McCafferty of Lowell . •. . . 362 " 

Dean Dudley of Wakefield . . . 43 

For Count r Commmissioner. 
Harrison Harwood of Natick had . . . 624 votes 

Thomas H. Hill of Woburn . . . . 363 

George W. Kimball of Natick . . . . 43 " 

For Senator, Sixth Middlesex District. 
Thomas Winship of Wakefield had . . .643 votes 
George W. Norris of Woburn .... 342 " 
Charles H. Lang of Reading . . . 44 " 



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For Representative to General Court. 



Solon O. Richardson of Wakefield had 
Samuel K. Hamilton of Wakefield 
Wm. F. Young of Wakefield 



662 

318 

64 



For Special Commissioners. 

Samuel Staples of Concord had . . . . 625 votes 

Edward E. Thompson of Woburn . . . 625 

Lewis P. True of Everett J 364 

Clement Meserve of Hopkinton .... 364 

John S. Verity of Cambridge .... 43 
John C. Meehan of Woburn . . . .43 

For Commissioners of Insolvency. 
Frederic T. Greenhalge of Lowell had . . 625 votes 

John Haskell Butler of Somerville . . . 625 
Clark A. Batchelder of Ayer . . . .625 
James W. McDonald of Marlboro . . . 364 

John W. Bragdon of Medforcl . . . .364 
John H. Morrison of Lowell .... 364 

Nathan Page Jr., of Wakefield .... 43 

Abram Tyler of Hudson 43 

Reuben Bacon of Bedford 43 



votes 



Meeting for Town Business at 2 o'clock p.m. 

Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

James Oliver was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the jury list as prepared by the Se- 
lectmen. 

The jury list as prepared by the Selectmen was read by 

the Chairman and adopted by the town. [For list of jurors 

as adopted see page 5.] 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of the committee upon 
lighting the Town Hall. 

The committee appointed to report to the town a better 
method of lighting the Town Hall reported as follows : 

REPORT. 

The committee appointed at the last town meeting to re- 
port on the best method of improving the present system of 
illuminating the Town Hall report as follows : 

They learn that originally the hall had over two hundred 



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burners, which were changed and reduced to the present 
number of about sixty burners, which your committee con- 
sider was too large a reduction for the proper illumination of 
the hall ; and they recommend that an additional number of 
fifteen burners be placed at each of the four corners of the 
fresco directly under the ventilators, which will not only aid 
to the better illumination of the hall, but will assist to im- 
prove its ventilation. They also recommend that the sum of 
one hundred and twenty-five dollars [$125] be appropriated 
to pay the expense of the same. 

Kespectfully submitted, 

LUCIUS BEEBE, > 

JOHN PURINGTON, V Committee. 

JAMES F. EMERSON, ) 

Voted, That the report be accepted and adopted. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will authorize and direct the Collector 
of Taxes, to have an examination made of the titles and assessments of 
real estate to be sold for the payment of taxes, before making a sale of 
the same, for the purpose of preventing a defective title being given 
under such sale. 

Voted, To pass this article over. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will purchase one or more lots in Lake- 
side Cemetery as a burial place for Union soldiers, to be called " The 
Soldiers Lot," and appropriate the sum of one hundred and twenty 
dollars ($120) to cover the expense of the same. 

Voted, That a committee of six be appointed by the Chair, 
three of whom shall represent the citizens of the town, and 
three who are ex-soldiers, with authority to purchase one or 
more lots in Lakeside Cemetery as a burial place for Union 
soldiers, at an expense not exceeding one hundred and 
twenty dollars ($120), and that that sum be appropriated by 
the town, (yeas 108, nays 6.) 

The Chair appointed as this committee W. S. Greenough, 
Azel Ames, Jr., Geo. H. Teague, Geo. H. Sweetser, B. B. 
Burbank, Geo. H. Towle. 



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Art. 6. To see if the town will choose a committee with instruc- 
tions to consider the matter of a proper limitation of the fishing privi- 
leges on Lake Quannapowitt, when the same shall be opened for fish- 
ing ; and also to prepare, with the approval of the State Commission- 
ers, suitable rules providing for such limitation, and report them to the 
town for consideration and adoption, at its annual meeting in April 
A. D. 1881. 

Voted, That a committee of five be appointed by the chair 
to prepare suitable rules to regulate the fishing privileges in 
Lake Quannapowitt, when the same shall be opened for fish- 
ing, and to report to the town at the April meeting. 

The chair appointed on this committee Oscar I. Stowell, 
J. Henry Cartland, Samuel Parker, Jr., James H. Carter, . 
Wm. S. Greenough. 

At 10.50 o'clock p. m. the meeting was dissolved. 

TOWN MEETING, JANUARY 24th, 1881. 

Art. 1. To choose by ballot a Moderator to preside in said meeting. 

J. C. Hartshorne was elected Moderator, but declined 
serving. Afterwards "W. S. Greenough was elected. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will increase in the sum of fifteen hun- 
dred dollars, the amount of appropriation for the payment of miscel- 
laneous expenses for the current year, or what action they will take in 
the matter. 

Voted, That the sum of fifteen hundred dollars ($1500) 
be appropriated to increase the appropriation for the pay- 
ment of miscellaneous expenses, (yeas 72, nays 56). 

Art. 3. To see if the town will increase in the sum of one thousand 
dollars ($1000) the amount of appropriation for the support of the poor 
for the current year, or what action they will take in the matter. 

Voted, That an additional sum of one thousand dollars 
($1000) be appropriated for the support of the poor for the 
current year. 

Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 



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AUDITORS' REPORT. 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1880-1. 

For Town Debt, $5,000 00 

Interest on Town Debt, .... 6,000 00 

Support of Schools, .... 11,50000 

School Contingent Fund, . . . 1,000 00 

Painting School Houses, .... 500 00 

Support of the Poor, { Jjg^ g-gg \ 6,000 00 

" " Fire Department, . . 2,000 00 

Salaries of Town Officers, . . . 2,325 00 

Expense of Street Lamps, . . . 1,000 00 

Town House Expenses, .... 1,000 00 

Miscellaneous Expenses, < . iVi ' *i '500 i ^00 00 



3,000 00 



Highways and Bridges, . 
Support of Beebe Town Library, 
Also, Dog-tax of 1879-80, . 

Memorial Day, 
Publishing Valuation List, 
Concrete Sidewalks, 
New Park Improvements, 
Also, sale of grass, 



Pleasant Street Extension, 
Highland Street, 
Otis Street, .... 
Injunction Expenses, C. "Wakefield Engine Co. 125 00 
Expenses of Fish Committee, . . . 20 00 
Soldiers' Burial Lots, . . . . . 120 00 
Tie-lighting Town Hall, 125 00 



.$300 00 






. 234 


84 










534 


84 


. 1 




IS t^Tt 

150 


V J. 

00 


. 1 




300 


00 


. 




1,000 


00 


. 300 


00 






. 41 


00 










341 


00 


• • 




oil 

. 50 


\J\J 

00 


• • 




. 150 


00 


• • 




. 300 


00 



Total, 



. $46,540 84 



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u 



u 



SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 

Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 

Teachers' Salaries. 

« 

Paid Abbott Sanford, Principal High School. 
Martha Keith, Assistant 
Lucy P. Greenough, " 
M. E. Wentworth, Advanced Grammar, 
Abbie S. Perkins, First " 

Alice Freeman, Ass't do. 
Frederick S. Cutter, Second 
M. Annie Warren, Third 
Alice Field, First Intermediate, 
Clara E. Emerson, Second " 
Alice G. Currier, Third " . 
Alice A. Alexander " " 

Myra A. Stearns, First Primary, 
M. I. Hersey, Second " 

Addie F. Smith, " " . 

George F. Wilson, Music Teacher, 
Alice Field, Franklin Intermediate, 
Sarah C. Hervey, " " 

Emma L. Upham, " Primary, 
Eva E. Howlett, " " 
Francella M. Evans, North, 
Annie R. Killoran, East, 
Nellie A. Miller, West Intermediate, 
L. J. Mansfield, " Primary, 
Mary J. George, Greenwood, 
Hattie M. Tucker, " 
Eliza J. D. Kennard, " 
Mary F. French, " 

Clara J. Coney, Woodville, 
Kate L. Brown, " 

Total for salaries, 



$11,500 00 



;1,092 08 
602 50 
411 68 
663 54 
533 55 
120 83 
788 29 
472 08 
239 08 
361 50 
349 50 
9 00 
361 50 
323 32 
39 17 
451 24 
142 51 
239 08 
126 00 
226 50 
381 59 
381 59 
361 50 
361 50 
114 01 
28 50 
123 50 
114 00 
135 00 
226 50 



;9,780 64 



31 



Janitors' Services. 



Paid W. H. Wiley High School Building, 
Geo. E. Gamage, Centre District, 
W. C. Perkins, North 
F. L. Knight, East 
W. W. Bessey, West 
I. F. Sheldon, South 
H. F. Abbott, Franklin 
Hiram P. Hill, 
James Brown, Woodville 
George E. Gamage, " 

Total for janitors, 



a 



a 



a 



a 



i i 





$190 00' 




180 00 




44 00 




39 84 




80 00 




37 50 




30 00 




50 00 




29 00 




16 00 



$696 34 



Fuel Account. 



Paid Geo. S. Delano of Stoneham, 

50 tons, 990 lbs. Furnace Coal, $6.00 
81 " 590 " Egg " $6.00 

James J. Mansfield, 

5 cords Pine Wood, $4.50 
3 1-2 " Oak " $6.50 

George W. Aborn, 

1-2 Cord Hard and Pine (sawed) 

John Kelley, Preparing Fuel, 

Moses G. Ilobson, 

W. W. Bessey, 

Geo. E Gamage, 

Wm. H. Wiley, 

W. C. Perkins, 

Hiram P. Hill, 



. $302 97 


487 


77 


22 


50- 


22 


75 


) 3 


75 


3 


25 


o 
O 


25- 


3 


50 


2 


83 


2 


50 


3 


08 


3 


00- 



Total Fuel Account, 



$861 15 



32 



Eecapitulation. 



Appropriation brought forward, 


. $11,500 00 


Expended : 




Teachers' Salaries, . 


. $9,780 64 


Janitor's Services, . 


696 34 


Fuel Account, . 


861 15 


Totnl 


11 338 13 


JLULcU, • • 


• "■ XJLjtJi/U 1U 



Balance unexpended, 



$161 87 



SPECIAL APPROPRIATION FOR PAINTING SCHOOL 

BUILDINGS. 



Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Albon W. Parker of Melrose, as per contract, 
as follows, viz. : 
High School Building, . 

" " " extra coat, 

Old High School Building, . 

(Centre) 



$500 00 



Intermediate * 


' " ( 


Franklin ' 


t u 


North ■ 


i n 


East * 


i a 


West < 


i a 


South ' 


i a 


Woodville, ' 


i a 

• 



jl o tai ...... 

Balance overdrawn $237, has been paid 
into the Town Treasury by the School 
Committee out of funds in their hands. 



187 


00 


125 


00 


57 00 


67 


00 


68 


00 


47 


00 


47 


00 


47 


00 


43 


00 


49 


00 



$737 00 



33 



SCHOOL CONTINGENT FUND. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $1,000 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Edward E. Lee, Books and Supplies, . 

Wm. Ware & Co., Supplies, 

J. L. Hammett, Supplies, 

H. B. & W. O. Chamberlin, Supplies, 

Gunn & Heath, Supplies, 

S. Thaxter & Son, Supplies, 

Doane & Greenough, Stationery and Printing, 

C. W. Eaton, Printing, . . 

Boston School Supply Co., Supplies, . 

New England School Fur'ng Co., Begisters, 

Wakefield Battan Co., Mats, 

John W. Locke, Stamps, &c, . 

A. H. Davenport, Furniture, 
William Gooch, Tuning Pianos, 
American Bank Note Co., Printing Diplomas, 
G. C. Cannon, Writing Diplomas, 
M. E. Tyler, Copying Examinations, . 
Citizens' Gas Light Co., to Sept. 1st, . 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., Stoves and Bepairs, 
J. B. Wiley, Bepairs, 
Geo. H. Teague, 
H. L. Haskell, 
Dennis Greany, 

B. W. Oliver, 
Boger Howard, 
Bacon & Sweetser, 
Z. F. Fairbanks, 
Daniel Goss & Co., 
J. H. Wentworth, Bepairing Pumps. 
John P. Dodge, Bepairing Clocks, 
B. F. Abbott, 



. . 



. 170 19 


31 80 


37 52 


17 17 


6 83 


47 50 


g, 55 00 


38 75 


5 55 


7 20 


5 60 


8 15 


82 00 


4 00 


;, 10 00 


6 00 


3 00 


4 90 


. 169 91 


7 25 


48 43 


54 23 


10 07 


1 50 


8 37 


6 40 


6 00 


17 59 


5 00 


1 00 


1 50 



Amount carried forward, 



$878 41 



34 



Amount brought forward, 


. $878 41 


Paid L. F. Liunell, Express, 


6 10 


J. H. Eaton, " 


25 


W. 1ST. Tyler, Sundries, 


2 13 


W. A. Cutter & Co.," 


1 36 


Cutler Bros., " 


75 


C. B. Deming, " 


15 17 


E. J. D. Kennard, " 


105 


Abbott Sanford, " 


5 00 


J. J. Mansfield, Lime, 


2 30 


Thomas W. Purdy, Taking Census, . 


25 00 


W. W. Bessey, Extra Labor and Sunc 


[ries, 8 50 


Geo. E. Gamage, " " " 


34 35 


W. H. Wiley, 


8 05 


I. F. Sheldon, " << " 


1 70 


F. L. Knight, 


1 00 


James Westgate, Lumber, il 4< 


4 08 


Total, . 


. $995 20 


Balance unexpended, 


4 80 


Balance, . 


. $1,000 00 



T. E. Balch, Treasurer of School Board, reports as follows 
in reference to cash balance of last year : 

Balance in hands of Committee as per report, . $300 33 
Rec'd from Town Treasurer, Mass. State Fund, 184 52 
Rec'd from Geo. W. Aborn, . . . 2 70 



Total, ..... 

Paid to Town Treasurer the amount overdrawn 
on Appropriation for Painting Buildings, 



. $487 55 
. 237 00 



Cash balance in hands of committee, March 1, 1881, $250 55 



35 



SUPPORT OF THE POOR. 

Kegukr appropriation in April, 1880, 
Additional " " January, 1881, 

Total, .... 



$5,000 00 
1,000 00 

$6,000 00 



Heretofore the money from this appropriation has been 
drawn by the Board of Overseers and been disbursed by 
them. This year, however, the bills have been approved by 
the Board, and then presented at the regular meetings of 
the Selectmen, who have drawn orders for them the same as 
for bills of other departments. Following is a list of such 
bills in the order they have been paid. For a classified and 
itemized report see as in previous years the regular Report 
of the Overseers. — [Auditors.] 

Date. To Whom Paid. On What Account. 

April 15, Paid W. L. Griffin, Supplies previous to April 12th, 

" J. J. Mansfield, Fuel, to various persons in March, 

" S. E. Benson, " 

22, T. E. Balch, Settlement with J. Tuttle, 

May 6, Jonathan Nichols, Rent of B. Derby, . 

" Jerry Cronan, Labor 5 days, 

" C. II. Patch, Supplies previous to April 10th, . 

13, Cyrus Kimball, Board of Gertie Fehan, 

" Patrick Shaughnessy, Watching with J. Reardon, 

" Frank Brown, Labor 3 days, 

" J. J. Mansfield, half cord Wood, J. Kelly, 

" W. D. Deadman, Provisions March and April, 

" Edward E. Lee, Book and Stationery, 

" Journal News Co., Daily paper, 

20, A. S. Atherton, Goods to Mrs,. C. C. L. Butler, 

<r Mary Brennan, Labor, washing, &c, 

e ' Schlegel, Everett & Co., Garden seeds, 

•' Mrs. Josephine Sweetser, Support, . 

" Parker & Gannett, Garden seeds, 

" Mrs. Hannah Carey, Support, .... 

" Jonathan Nichols, B. Derby's house rent, . 

" N. Little & Co., Blank books, &c, . 

Amount car riel forward, $327 78 



Amount. 


. $44 6G 


. 16 60 


6 80 


. 79 17 


. 9 00 


. 8 75 


. 29 23 


. 1100 


. 150 


. 2 25 


. 2 00 


. 42 43 


. 3 22 


. 113 


. 15 75 


. 7 33 


. 2 40 


. 26 00 


. 2 62 


. 4 00 


. 150 


. 10 44 



36 



Amount brought forward, 

May 20, W. W. Chesley, Supplies to P. Weston, . 

27, Worcester Lunatic Hospital, Account insane, 

" Asylum for Chronic Insane, " " 

11 Taunton Lunatic Hospital, " " 

44 Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Support, 

44 George A. Jones, Pigs, .... 

" C. A. Parsons, Grain, .... 

" J. J. Mansfield, 1 Cask Lime, 

" R. M. Pulsifer & Co., Advertising in Herald, 

" J. R. Mansfield, M. D., Professional services, 

u Henry L. Haskell, Pastry board, 

" C. B. Deming, Furniture, 

'* A. S. Atherton, Supplies to various persons, 

44 M. S. Southworth, Rent of P. Weston, 

June 3, Mrs. R. L. Stickney, Support, . 

**. James W. Dean, Supplies to Mrs. McDougal, 

44 W. A. Cutter & Co., Goods to J. Kelly, July, 18 

44 Thomas Dana & Co., Kerosene oil, . 

44 Jerry Cronin, Labor, 

44 Peak Brothers, Undertakers' supplies, 

44 W. G. Skinner, 2d, Conveying body, 

44 Boston & Maine Railroad, Freight on grain 

44 M. M. Sherman, Manure, . 

44 R. W. Cuff, Repairing harnesses, 

44 Nora Dennehy, Trade in stock, . 

44 Danvers State Hospital, Account insane, 

10, James Westgate, Lumber, 

44 C. W. Eaton, Printing and order book, 

17, J. R. Mansfield, M. D., Professional services, 

44 A. Glass, 3 Hogs, . 

44 Miller Bros. & Co., Undertakers' supplies, 

44 John A. Melony, 44 services, 

44 Daniel Goss & Co., Repairs and supplies, 

44 J. C. Rounds, Sundries, .... 

44 Ames Plow Co., Tools, .... 

44 Edward Butler, Cow, .... 

44 Barnard Derby, Board of daughter, . 
44 J. R. Mansfield, M. D., Professional services, 
24, Cutler Bros., Supplies in Feb. and March, 
44 44 44 44 sundry persons, 

44 T. O. W. Houghton, Sundries, . ... 
44 S. F. Littlefield & Co., Labor and supplies, 

Amount carried forward, 



79, 



$327 78 
10 00 
142 21 
122 61 

47 98 
20 00 

48 18 
20 00 

120 
100 

3 50 
75 

70 25 
20 08 

6 00 
13 00 
32 50 

2 00 

4 26 
12 25 

3 50 

5 00 

1 20 
150 

7 00 

8 50 
203 71 

12 30 

13 75 
8 00 

23 00 
15 00 

8 00 
28 87 
12 12 

2 33 
50 00 

7 50 

2 00 

117 36 

2100 

2 00 

9 45 

$1,468 64 



37 



Amount brought forward, 



$1,468 64 

July 1, Timothy Connell, Labor at farm 20 00 

" Seavey & Co., Tinware, 3 00 

" Cunningham's Express, . . . . 2 00 

" Cutler Bros., Supplies to various persons March & Ap'l. 58 88 

" " " " "farm, 34 35 

" J. C. Rounds, Keeper 2 months to June 27, . . 58 33 

" Ira Atkinson, Supplies, 31 26 

8, Wm. II. Piper, Medicine, 1 20 

" Charles Jordan, M. D., Professional services, . .10 00 

" W. Mi Stocker, Clothing for J. Mertens, . . . 3 75 

44 ■• " Cotton for hay caps, . . . 11 60 

" T. O. W. Houghton, Cow and calf, . . . . 50 00 

*■ Highland Piggery, Pig, 6 00 

44 W. G. Strong, Sundry expense, . . . 7 38 

" Mrs. J. Carey, Support, 4 00 

" Francis Sherin, Shoes Mrs. J. Madden, . . 3 75 

15, Worcester Lunatic Hospital, Account insane, . . 90 38 

44 Taunton 44 44 44 44 . 49 14 

44 J. &. S. Winship, Repair of wagons, . . 8 00 

44 C. A. Parsons, Grain, 8 00 

44 John A. Meloney, Undertakers' services, . . 8 00 

44 Geo. W. Aborn, Fuel to Mrs. Butler, . . . 3 50 

44 Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Support, 20 00 

44 Mrs. John Laird, Services as nurse and expenses, . 50 00 

" Mrs. John M. Cate, Provisions, . . . . 17 73 

44 John M. Cate, Agent, Fuel to Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, . 2 50 

44 Mrs. J. Carey, Support, 4 00 

44 Old Colony Railroad Co., Transportation of body, . 1 85 

44 Asylum for Chronic Insane, Account insane, . . 116 43 

44 Danvers State Hospital, 44 44 . .242 51 

44 City of Lawrence, Aid to Mary Cullen, . . . 33 00 

44 Charles H. Patch, Supplies, 2 20 

44 Samuel Emmons, Support, 5 00 

29, J. J. Mansfield, Fuel to S. Emmons, . . 5 25 

5, Mrs. Josephine Sweetser, Support, . . . . 26 00 

44 Timothy Connell, Labor, 20 00 

44 J. L. Fairbanks & Co., Register, . . . 7 00 

44 M. C. Warren & Co., Hardware, 

44 Ames Plow Co., Wheelbarrow, 

44 Mrs. John M. Cate, Clothing to sundry persons, 

44 John M. Cate, Sundry expense, 

12, City of Worcester, Aid to A. L. Heath, 



Au£. 



4 35 
2 70 
2 40 
195 
6 90 



Amount carried forward, 



$2,512 93 



38 



Amount brought forward, $2,512 93 

Aug. 12, Hannah J. Carey, Support, 4 00 

" Barnard Derby, Board of daughter, . . . . 12 00 

'• W. J. Howland, Medicines, 85 

" James Westgate, Lumber, 20 24 

19, City of Lawrence, Aid to Mary Cullen, . . 4 00 

»' Geo. T. McLaughlin, Pump and pipe, . . . 41 14 

" W. L. Griffin, Supplies, . . . . . . 40 07 

26, Daniel Goss & Co., Labor on pump, . . . .3 93 

" Wm. Sweeney, for digging grave, . . . .2 00 

" Peak Bros., Undertakers' supplies, . . . 7 25 

44 Mrs. R. L. Stickney, Support, 13 00 

Sept. 2, A. S. Atherton, Supplies to sundry persons, . . 50 25 

" Martin Donahoe, Labor $18.50, less orders $13.73, . 4 77 

" W. G. Skinner, 2d, Hack at funeral 5 00 

" Timothy Connell, Labor, 2154 

" John Swinerton, Cow, 50 00 

" John M. Cate, Agent, Provisions to M. Donahoe, . 95 

9, Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Support, 20 00 

" W. J. Moulton, Repairs, 12 50 

" Lucius Beebe, Rent for P. Weston, . . . .6 00 

" J. C. Rounds, Keeper 2 months to Aug. 27, . . 58 33 

" Town of Watertown, Aid to T. R. Blackney, . . 194 27 

30, James W. Dean, Supplies to Mrs. McDougal, . . 32 50 

" Geo. W. Aborn, Fuel to sundry persons, . . 9 25 

" Wm. H. Piper, Medicines, 4 15 

" John Briggs & Co., Paints, oils, &c, . . .13 40 

" Everett W. Eaton, Groceries, &c, . . . .67 19 

" S. W. Abbott, M. D., Professional services, . . 3 75 

Oct. 7, W. H. Godfrey Fish, &c, 8 02 

" John A. Meloney, Burial of Mary Welsh, . . 23 00 

14, Mason & Bridge, Repairs, 54 47 

" C. A. Parsons, Grain, 21 00 

" Barnard Derby, Board of daughter, . . . .13 50 

«' J. J. Mansfield, Fuel to Mrs. Madden, . . . 3 50 

" J. R. Mansfield, M. D., Professional services, . . 1 25 

44 C. W. Eaton, Advertising 1 00 

28, Barry & Mayo, 12 tons 600 lbs. coal, at $5.00, . 61 50 

44 Mrs. R. L. Stickney, Support, 13 00 

44 Danvers State Hospital, Account insane, . . . 264 37 

44 Taunton Lunatic " 44 " . . . 44 49 

44 Asylum for Chronic Insane, 44 " 100 73 

44 Worcester Lunatic Hospital 44 44 85 70 

Amount carried forward, $3,910 79 



39 



1881. 

Jan. 



Amount brought forward, .... 
Nov. 4, Mrs. Josephine Sweetser, Support, . 

C. W. Eaton, Att'y, Rent of S. Emmons, 

J. J. Mansfield, Fuel to Mrs. Donahoe, 

John Briggs & Co., Paints, oils, &c., 
11, Chas. Jordan, M. D., Professional services, 

J. C. Rounds, Keeper 2 months to Oct. 27, 

C. D. Billings, Cow, 

S. W. Whitney, Support, . . 

Frederick C. Carr, " 

Cyrus Kimball, Board of Gertie Fehan, 
18, W. G. Skinner, Burial of Henry Tirrell, . 

Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Support, 

John A. Meloney, Funeral of Mrs. Carey, 

John A. Blunt, Blacksmith, 
24, S. W. Whitney, Support, .... 

Daniel Goss & Co., Stove and repairs, 
Pec. 9, C. W. Eaton, Attorney, Rent of S. Emmons, 

W. A. Cutter & Co., Groceries, &c, on orders, 

Francis Sherin, Shoes, " " 

Town Farm, Fuel to Jane Kelley, 

S. W. Abbott, M. D., Professional services, 
16, W. L. Griffin, Supplies to Mrs. McAvoy, . 

W. V. Taylor, Provisions, 

W. A. Cutter & Co., Groceries, 

Barnard Derby, Board of daughter, . 

M. A. Chesley, Supplies to P. Weston, 
23, Cutler Brothers, " " sundry persons, 

S. W. Whitney, Support, . 

Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, " . 

A. S. Atherton, Supplies, . 
80, Cutler Bros., 

E. W. Eaton, 

James W. Dean, " to Mrs. McDougal, 

H. L. Day, Crackers at Police Station, 



13, 

20, 



S. F. Littlefield & Co., Hardware, &c, 

Ira Atkinson, Supplies, .... 

J. D. Mansfield, M. D., Prof, services and medicines 

C. O. Anderson, House furnishing goods, 

Everett W. Eaton, Groceries, &c, 

Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, Support, . 

J. J. Mansfield, Fuel sundry persons, 



Amount carried forward, 



5,910 79 


26 00 


GOO 


175 


2177 


10 00 


58 33 


50 00 


9 00 


6 00 


26 00 


19 40 


20 00 


6 00 


6 75 


12 00 


30 90 


6 00 


33 00 


7 20 


3 25 


1 25 


26 00 


23 49 


43 26 


13 50 


5 00 


64 00 


12 00 


10 00 


25 01 


176 01 


4 00 


32 50 


2 70 


26 92 


63 40 


54 55 


28 08 


22 68 


8 00 


43 75 



$4,956 24 



40 



Amount brought forward 

44 H. L. Day, Crackers, &c, 

44 J. R. Mansfield, M. D., Professional services, 

■« Cutler Bros., Supplies J. T. B. Hall, 

27, Mrs. A. E. Oliver, Support, 

" S. W. Whitney, " . 

Feb. 3, Danvers Lunatic Hospital, Account insane, 

" Asylum for Chronic Insane, " 

" Worcester Lunatic Hospital, " 

44 W. D. Deadman, Provisions, &c, 

" James Westgate, Lumber, 

" J. J. Mansfield, Fuel to Mary Regan, 

" C. O. Anderson, Dry goods, 

" Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, Support, . 

" Emeline S. Sprague, " 

" Josephine Sweetser, tc 

10, Emeline S. Sprague, " 

«• Mrs. J. M. Cate, Rent of Peter Casey, 

" Chas. Jordan, M. D., Professional services, 

44 Taunton Lunatic Hospital, Account insane, 

17, Barnard Derby, Board of daughter, 

44 S. W. Whitney, Support, . 

44 Emeline S. Sprague, 44 

24, A. S. Atherton, Supplies to sundry persons, 

44 W. G. Strong, Sundry expense, 

44 J. J. Mansfield, Fuel to sundry persons, 

• 4 Ira Atkinson, Supplies, 

44 E. C. Williams, Manure, . 

44 Richard Britton, Boots and shoes, 

44 Emeline S. Sgrague, Support, . 

44 Mrs. C. C. L. Butler, 

44 Charles Jordan, M. D., Professional services, 

4 - W. A. Chesley, Supplies P. Weston, 

44 Howard Emerson, Supplies. 

44 W. V. Taylor, Provisions, 

44 Town of Northbridge, Aid to Moses Barnes, 

44 Cutler Bros., Supplies, 

44 Daniel Goss & Co., Repairs, 

44 W. A. Cutter & Co., Supplies, . 

44 Joseph Connell, Sundries, 

Total paid out, 
Balance overdrawn, .... 



$4,956 24 
. 6 02 
. 8 25 
. 2 50 
. 20 00 
. 12 00 
. 226 69 
. 97 68 
. 85 48 
. 46 80 
. 40 51 
. 3 00 
. 5 18 
. 8 00 
. 2 00 
. 26 00 
. 2 00 
.. 7 50 
. 2 50 
. 44 27 
. 13 50 
. 12 00 
. 2 00 
. 7100 
. 10 06 
. 56 12 
. 2 00 
. 10 00 
• 7 75 
. 5 00 
. 8 00 
. 2 50 
. 5 00 
. 25 88 
. 1169 
, 52 00 
. 86 14 
. 188 
. 18 00 
. 3 00 

$6,006 14 
6 14 



$6,000 00 



41 



FIRE DEPARTMENT, 



Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 



. $2,000 00 



Yale Engine Co. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1880, 
J. H. Emerson, Steward's Services, 
Citizens' Gas Light Co., from June 1, '79 to 

Aug. 1, '80, .... 

Andrew Young, use of horses in 1879, . 
J. & S. Win ship, Repairs, . 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., Repairs and Sundries 

Total, ..... 



. 655 73 


. 29 00 


. 24 15 


. 36 00 


3 00 


s 4 74 


. $752 62 



C. Wakefield Engine Co. 

Paid Geo. I. Oliver, Steward's Services, 
C. H. Hart, Grading, . 
Abram Gould, Rent of land, 
Geo. W. Aborn, Fuel, 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., Repairs, . 

Total, .... 



. $12 50 


5 00 


12 00 


6 00 


75 



$36 25 



Chemical Englne Co. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st, 1880, . . $174 75 

Justin Howard, Steward Services. . . 27 75 

" " Sundries, .... 20 
Charles Jordan, Rent 1 year to Aug. 15, 1880, 50 00 

Geo. W. Aborn, Fuel, .... 7 70 

S. F. Littlefield & Co., Pails, ... 2 25 

H. N. Winslow, Teaming, . . . 6 00 



Total, . 



. $268 65 



42 



Washington Hook and Ladder Co. 

Paid Firemen's Services to May 1st 1880, . 

Warren Institution for Savings, Rent from 

Jan. 1st, 1880, to Jan. 1, 1881, 
Fred Emerson, Steward's Services, 
Henry Davis, Use of Horses, 
D. P. Mason, Eepairs, 
J. & S. Winship, " 
S. F. Littlefield&Co., " . 
Citizen's Gas Light Co., Gas, 

Total, . 

Sundry Other Expenses. 

Paid Hunneman & Co., Sundries and Eepairs, 
J. H. Emerson, Kinging bell, 
Zenas Perkins, Repairing Reservoir Covers, 
Smith & Anthony Co . , ■ < " 

James Lahey, Repairing " 

J. H. Eaton, Care of Reservoirs, 
J. H. Eaton, Expressing, . 
C. B. Deming, Carpet Sweeper, 
C. A. Perkins, Watching, 

Total, .... 



a 



$270 80 

120 00 

24 60 

9 00 

1 25 

4 50 

1 25 

2 10 



$433 50 


$74 40 


3 00 


3 00 


14 37 


6 00 


10 00 


3 30 


2 75 


2 00 



$118 82 



Recapitulation. 

Yale Engine Co., 
C. Wakefield Co., 
Chemical Engine Co., 
Washington Hook and Ladder Co., 
Sundry other expenses 

Total expended, . 
Balance unexpended, 



. $752 Q2 


36 25 


. 268 65 


. 433 50 


. 118 82 


. $1,609 84 


390 16 



$2,000 00 



43 



The balance of $20.92 in hands of C. H. Davis, Chief 
Engineer, as per report last year has been disbursed by him 
as follows, viz. : 

Paid Z. F. Fairbanks, Labor at Yale House, . 17 10 
C. H. Davis, " " " " . . 3 32 



Total, 



$20 92 



SALAEIES OF TOWX OFFICERS. 



Appropriation authorized, . 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Board of Auditors, 1879-80, 
" Selectmen, 1880-81, 
" Assessors, " 

" Overseers of Poor, 
" School Committee, 
11 Fire Engineers, 
C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, 
J. F. Emerson, Treasurer, 1879-80, 

1880-81, 

Richard Britton, Collector, on acct. 1880, 

in full, 1878, 
" " " " 1879, 

Constables and Police as follows, viz : 

C. H. Davis, Constable, . . $30 55 
" " Police, to April 1, '80, 20 00 
W. H. Gray, Police, (Chief) . 77 37 
J. A. Meloney, " . . . 63 37 
Geo. E. Gamage, Police, . . 30 65 
Orrin C. Potter " . . 32 40 

R. L. Cooper, » . . 13 87 

John McMahan, " . . 28 80 



$2,325 00 

$100 00 

400 00 

350 00 

150 00 

200 00 

75 00 

100 00 

50 00 

50 00 

300 00 

100 00 

100 00 



Amounts carried foncard, 



$297 01 $1,975 00 



44 

Amounts brought forward, 
John Drugan, " 

Israel A. Parsons, " 
John F. Whiting, " 

Total, 

Total expended . 
Balance unexpended, 



$297 01 
12 20 

4 25 

5 75 


$1,975 00 


• < 


$319 21 


• 
> • 


$2,294 21 
30 79 



$2,325 00 



EXPENSE OF STREET LAMPS 



Appropriation authorized, 
Expended as follows : 
Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., for gas, 

T. H. Reagan, lighting, 

I. F. Sheldon, " and supplies 
" " repairs, 

Henry Phelps, lighting and supplies, 

L. J. Descalzo, repairs, 

Z. F. Fairbanks, " 

J. & S. Winship, " 

W. A. Cutter & Co., supplies, 

Cutler Bros., " 

J. H. Eaton, expressing, 

B. P. Bowman, lanterns, 

Nathaniel Tufts, lamp posts, 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, 



$1000 00 

$423 48 

219 20 

100 00 

6 67 

12 50 

9 2& 

9 67 

75 

1 35 

28 29 

4 50 

17 75 

30 00 

$863 44 
136 56 



$1000 00 



45 



SUPPORT OF BEEBE TOWN LIBRARY. 



Hegular appropriation, 
Dog Tax of 1879-80, 



$300 00 
234 84 



Total, $534 84 

Paid C. W. Eaton, Treas. of Board of Trustees, 

as per receipts, . . . . . 534 84 

. For expenditures see Trustees' Report. 



MEMORIAL DAY. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $150 00 
Paid M. M. Sherman, Qu'rmaster Post 12, G.A.R., 150 00 



TOWN HOUSE EXPENSES. 

Appropriation authorized, 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Citizens' Gas Light Co., to Feb. 1, 

C. H. Davis, Janitor, 

J. J. Mansfield, 30 1-4 tons coal at $6.00, 

Z. F. Fairbanks, painting Library, 
' ' " repairs 

Dennis Greany, 

J. F. Woodward & Son, 

L. J. Descalzo, 

John Palmer, 

W. H. Gray, 

H. L. Haskell, 

Daniel Goss & Co., 



$1000 00 

$373 80 

242 00 

181 50 

10 00 

50 

2 50 

2 95 

4 45 

4 70 

2 50 

4 50 

1 25 



Amount carried forward , 



$830 G5 



46 



Amount brought forward. 
Paid S. F. Littlefield & Co., repairs, 



B. F. Abbott, 
F. J. Bancroft, 

C. II. Davis, 
Cutler Bros., 
Geo. W. Aborn, 
J. J. Mansfield, 



" clocks, 
" piano, 
sundries, 

a 

• 

coal and kindlings, 
two cords wood, 



Total expended, 
Balance unexpended. 



$830 65 

12 38 

2 50 

5 50 

6 95 
11 76 
10 25 
10 00 

$889 99 
110 01 

$1000 00 



PUBLISHING VALUATION LIST. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $300 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid James Oliver, preparing list for printer, . $20 00 

C. F. Hartshorne, " " u . 36 00 
C. W. Eaton, printing 1500 copies, as per 

contract, 267 50 



Total, $323 50 

Balance overdrawn, carried to Miscellaneous Ex- 
penses, . . . • • 23 50 



$300 00 



47 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 



Appropriation authorized in April, 1880, 
" " " January, 1881, 



. $2500 00 
. 1500 00 



Total, 


• 


• 


• 


. $4000 00 


Expended as follows : 


Military Aid. Law of 1878-9. 


Paid Nelson Gammans, . .... $168 00 


John J. Kelley, 








120 00 


Hannibal Nichols, 








120 00 


Patrick Fay, 








120 00 


Thomas Twisden,* 








133 00 


Charles E. Tucker,* 








99 99 


Daniel E. Shannahan, 








96 00 


Timothy Haggerty, 








99 00 


Peter Connell, 








96 00 


Elbridge A. Wiley, 








80 00 


Edward McGee, 








70 00 


Andrew Mellen,* 








10 00 



Total, . . . . . $ 

*D:ed during the year. 

Note.— One half of the above amount refunded by the State. 



,211 99 



Night watcii. 

Paid John F. Whiting to Feb. 1st, 
John A. Meloney, to Jan. 19th, 



$720 00 
383 00 



Total 



. $1,103 00 



48 

Richardson Light Guard. 

Paid Warren Institution for Savings, rent from 

Dec. 1st 1879 to Dec. 1st 1880, . . $300 00 
Citizens' Gas Light Co., from Jan. 1, 1880, 

to Feb. 1, 1881, . . . .123 55 

George TV. Aborn, fuel, . . . . 14 85 
Amateur Eifle Association, use of range, . 25 00 



Total, $463 40 

Note.— One quarter's rent to March 1st is now due and unpaid, amounting to $7c. 
Tlie amount paid for rent is refunded by the State. 



Printing, Stationery, Etc. 

Paid C. W. Eaton, Ptg Town Reports, 1879-80, $287 00 
" " " Com. Report on Town Farm, 32 00 

" " sundry printing and advt'g, 187 42 

Doane & Greenough, books and stationery, . 55 85 
John W. Locke, stamps, &c, . . . 7 99 
Edward E. Lee, pens, .... 70 

Little, Brown & Co., supplement to Gen. Stat., 2 50 



Total $573 46 

Town Officers 1 Account. 

Paid C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk, for record- 
ing statistics for 1880, . . . . $63 80 
C. F. Hartshorne, sealer of w'ts and measures, 10 00 
" " preparing valuation list 

for State, 40 00 

James Oliver, preparing valuation list for State, 15 00 



Amount carried forward, . . . . $128 80 



49 



a 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid W. H. Wiley, truant officer to May 1, 1880, 
Israel A. Parsons, truant officer 2 months, 
Oliver Walton, for return of deaths 
Wm. G. Skinner, " " 
John A. Meloney, " " 
A. S. Atherton, sundries, 
T. E. Balch, 

S. K. Hamilton, services as Moderator, 
C. F. Hartshorne, Town Clerk's suu dries 

Total, ..... 



$128 80 


25 00 


4 00 


15 25 


5 50 


3 50 


5 98 


7 01 


10 00 


4 85 



$209 89 



Legal Services. 

Paid John P. Healy, opinion on election of Over- 
seers of the Poor, . . . $5 00 

C. W. Eaton, searching records and mak- 
ing abstracts for Assessors, 

S. K. Hamilton, services case Coombs v. Town, 

S. K. Hamilton, services E. H. Walton v. Town ; 

S. K. Hamilton, examination of records and 
facts, Waitt v. Town for bounty, 

S. K. Hamilton, examination Evans v. Town 

for bounty, ...... 

S. K. Hamilton, examination of law and 
facts in matter of S. O. Richardson's 
claim fur damages on highway, . . 10 00 



59 35 


75 00 


15 00 


20 00 


20 00 



Total, . 



. $204 35 



Pertaining to Highways. 



Paid balance overdrawn on highway reserve. 
W. B. Ellis, concrete gutters, &c, 



$32 11 
37 67 



Amount carried f one ard, 



$69 78 



50 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid TV. B. Ellis, overdrawn on concrete sidewalks 
" " amount due from abuttors (since 
paid and refunded to Treasurer) , 
H. L. Haskell, surveying concrete walks, 
J. A. Bancroft, " Greenwood street, 
P. B. Teed, care of trees, .... 
Pennoyer & Blake, labor Ezra Eaton lot, 
Oliver Walton, labor Old Cemetery, 
Michael Foley, cleaning drain, 
C. F. Hartsliome, auctioneer, selling grass, . 
H. L. Haskell, repairing band stand and fence, 
Levi Flanders, labor Park Extension, . 



Total, . . . . 

Defective Tax Titles. 

Paid A. V. Lynde, defective tax titles, 
TV. K. Perkins, " " 

JohnH. Stark, " " 

Total, . . . . 



$69 78 


i 10 16 


. 47 81 


7 50 


10 00 


. 25 01 


. 10 00 


5 57 


. 20 00 


5 00 


;e, 3 00 


4 00 



$217 83 



$63 37 

170 82 

55 25 

$289 44 



Incidentals. 

Paid balance overdrawn on appropriation for 
Publishing valuation list, 
Issachar Stowell, witness fees of various 
persons in case of C. Wakefield Engine 
Co. injunction, ..... 
Joshua Perham, circulating town reports, 
George E. Davis, " valuation list, 

J. H. Emerson, ringing bell for town meetings, 

" << " " " 4th July, . 

R. H. Mitchell, " " " 



< c 



$23 50 



50 00 

8 00 
8 00 
2 00 
2 50 
2 50 



Amount carried forward, 



$96 50 



51 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid John P. Lovell & Sons, clubs for police 
Henry Davis, teaming, 
J. & S. Winship, repairs of hearse, 

a a a 

C. H. Davis, sundries, 

W. H. Gray, meals for prisoners, 

J. E. Abbott, examination of horse, 

Total, .... 



$96 50 


4 50 


2 95 


24 00 


1 50 


4 60 


6 50 


5 00 



$145 55 



Recapitulation. 




For Military aid, .... 


$1,211 99 


Night watch, . 


1,103 00 


Richardson Light Guard, 


463 40 


Printing, stationery, &c, 


573 46 


Town officers' account, 


209 89 


Legal services, 


204 35 


Pertaining to highways, 


217 83 


Defective tax titles, 


289 44 


Incidentals, .... 


145 55 


Total expended, 


$4,418 91 


Amount overdrawn, 


418 91 



4,000 00 



52 

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $3,000 00 
By vote of the Board of Selectmen April 15th, 1880, the 
above amount was apportioned to the various districts as fol- 
lows, viz. : 



Centre District, John G. Morrill, Surveyor, . 


$725 00 


North " Joseph Connell, " 


425 00 


South " Levi B. Eaton, " 


425 00 


East " Charles H. Hart, " 


400 00 


West * ' Simeon Parker, ' 4 


600 00 


Woodville " Henry N. Oliver, " 


300 00 


Retained by Selectmen as a reserve fund, 


125 00 



Total, $3,000 00 

The above amounts have been expended as follows : 



Reserve Fund. 

Amount retained by Selectmen, 
Expended as follows : 

Paid John M. Cate, surveyor of last year for re- 
pairs on cesspools, .... 
H. L. Haskell, repairs on fence, 
G. W. Aborn, " in West District, . 
James Westgate, lumber for R. R. bridge at 
Greenwood, ..... 
Wm. Darling, repairs at Greenwood, 
Boston & Maine R ; . R., freight on lumber, 

Total, ..... 

Balance overdrawn, charged to miscellaneous 
expenses, . 



$125 00 



. 7 08 


. 4 75 


. 1 50 


107 96 


28 80 


7 02 


$157 11 


32 11 



$125 00 



53 

Centre Dbtbict— Johh G. Morrill. Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . $'-■ 

Balance unexpended of Highland street approp'n, : ; -- : 



Total, $T27 

Expended as follows : 

I John G. Morrill, sur If and team, 

for labor on highway, ... 2 50 

sundry individuals as per pay-rolls, for labor 

on highway. ..... 

John G. Morrill, surveyor, for breaking sn 
George \Y. Aborn, drain pipe. 
S. F. Littlefield & Co., drain pipe . 
James Lahey. covering stone, 
Eenj. Peterson. •• " 

City of Somerville. gravel, 
Ira Wfley, . " ... 

J. B. Whitney. Jr.. blacksmith. 
Balance overdrawn on Xew Park Appropriation, 

II " " Pleasant street 

Total expended, . . . $852 54 

Balance in excess of receipts and now due John 

G. Morrill surveyor, . . . 125 14 



-■:: ;$ 


, 93 75 


36 75 


1 50 


g oo 


6 00 


i>o 50 


4 86 


4 45 


6 11 


34 



$727 40 

Notch District — Joseph Ooxnkll, Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor. . $425 00 

Expended as follows : . 

Paid Joseph Connell, surveyor, for labor on the 

highway, ..... 41 00 
sundry individuals as per pay-roll for labor 

on highway, 282 61 



Amount carried forward, .... $323 61 



54 

Amount brought forward, . . . $323 61 

Paid Joseph Comiell, 415 loads gravel at 8 cents 
per load, ..... 

Joseph Comiell, for breaking snow, . 

sundry individuals as per pay-roll, for break- 
ing snow, ..... 

repairs of snow plow, .... 

Cutler Bros., tools, . 

Total expended, . . . $493 61 

Balance in excess of receipts and now due 

Joseph Comiell, surveyor, . . 68 61 



33 20 


46 80 


84 65 


2 60 


2 75 



$425 00 



South Distkict — Levi B. Eatox, Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . $425 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Levi B. Eaton, surveyor, self and team for 

labor on the his:hwav, 
sundry individuals as per pay-rolls for labor 

on the hio-hwav, .... 

S. Kimball and L. B. Eaton, 645 loads 

gravel at 6 cts. per load, . 
sundry individuals, breaking snow, 
drain pipe and tools, .... 

Total expended, . . . $444 61 

Balance in excess of receipts now due L. B. 

Eaton, surveyor, . . . . 19 61 

$425 00 



S133 00 


236 23 


38 70 


2130 


15 38 



55 

East District — C. II. Hart, Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . $400 00 

Expended as follows : 
Paid C. II. Hart, surveyor, self and team, for 
labor on highway, .... 
Paid sundry individuals as per pay-rolls, for labor 
on the highway, .... 

sundry persons for gravel, at 4 and 6 cts. 
per load, ..... 

S. F. Littlefield & Co., drain pipe, . 
tools, lumber and blacksmi thing, 

Total paid out, .... $404 23 

Mr. Hart also presents unsigned pay-rolls, 
from which it appears that there are 
due sundry individuals for labor from 
Dec. to March (probably for breaking 
snow) the sum of . . . 85 26 



$145 25 


230 09 


20 76 


3 59 


4 54 



Total expended, . . . $489 49 

Balance in excess of receipts and due as follows : 
C. H. Hart, surveyor, . . 4 23 

sundry individuals, . . . 85 26 89 49 



400 00 



West Distmct — Simeon Parker, Surveyor. 

Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . . $600 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid Simeon Parker, surveyor, for labor on high- 
way, $90 00 

sundry individuals as per pay-rolls, for labor 

on the highway, .... 398 14 



Amount carried forward , . . . $488 14 



56 



Amount brought forward, .... 

Simeon Parker and others as per pay-rolls, 

for breaking snow, . . t . 

431 loads gravel at 4 cts. per load, 
Gr. W. Aborn, drain pipe, 
Benj. Peterson, covering stone, 
tools and repairing, . 

repairing bridge, . 

Total expended, 
Balance in excess of receipts, and now due Sim- 
eon Parker, surveyor, . 



$488 14 



75 18 


17 24 


13 50 


9 80 


6 60 


7 50 


$617 96 


17 96 



600 00 



Woodville District — H. N. Oliver, Surveyor. 



Amount allowed and drawn by surveyor, . . $300 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid H. N. Oliver, surveyor, self and team, for 

labor on the highway, .... $100 37 
sundry individuals as per pay-rolls, for labor 

on the highway, . . . . 179 34 

Andrew Young, for gravel, . . . 25 08 

repairs of tools, &c, .... 1 50 

H. N. Oliver, for breaking snow, . . 19 00 

sundry individuals, " " . . 19 00 

$344 29 
Balance in excess of receipts and now due H. N. 

Oliver, surveyor, . . . . 44 29 



300 00 



57 



CONCRETE SIDEWALKS. 



Appropriation authorized, .... $1,000 00 

This appropriation was to be expended where abuttors 
were willing to bear one-half of the expense. We give be- 
low a list showing how the town appropriation has been ex- 
pended. A corresponding amount has been paid by each 
named individual. 



Ira Wiley, Main street, 


$10 QS 


Azel Ames, Jr., Avon street, 


5 92 


Heirs of Chloe P. Evans, Albion stree 


t, 10 81 


Samuel Kingman, post office, 


31 15 


Universalist Society, Main street, 


20 35 


C. A. Cheney, Main street, 


21 02 


Joshua X. Eames, Albion street, 


17 96 


" " " Chestnut " . 


31 92 


John M. Cate, Main and Centre streets 


31 29 


Hannah E. Newcomb, Albion street, . 


9 78 


" " " Chestnut " 


8 20 


George Packard, Main street, 


19 30 


Methodist Episcopal Society, Albion si 


treet, 15 99 


M. W. Gove, Chestnut street, . 


7 03 


Mrs. C. Patch, " " 


24 07 


D. D. Foster, 


16 09 


A. A. Currier, " " 


12 81 


N. R. Coffin, 


16 83 


D. H. Darling, " 


11 98 


Sumner Pattee, " " 


11 61 


M. K. Blasland, Main street, 


8 14 


Daniel G. Walton, " " 


44 97 


Connell & Curley, " " 


18 98 


S. F. Littlefield, Chestnut street, 


13 01 


" " Albion " . 


13 00 


A. J. Hutchinson, Avon street, . 


9 06 


A. S. Atherton, Chestnut " 


14 24 



Amount carried forward, 



$456 19 



58 



Amount brought forward, . . . $456 19 

W. H. Wilev, Albion " . . 13 32 

Capt. John Perkins, Albion and Main street, 34 67 



J. C. Hartshorne, Albion street, 


7 65 


Dr. Charles Jordan, Avon " 


15 42 


Mrs. H. Brown, Chestnut " . 


40 61 


A. C. Perkins, " " . 


27 93 


C. TV. Trow, Albion " . 


8 76 


J. D. Mansfield, " " . 


14 63 


C. F. Hartshorne, " " . 


7 49 


S. 0. Kichardson, " " 


13 89 


Aaron Butler, Main street, 


7 30 


Mrs. Mary Eaton, Albion street, 


35 91 


Greeley Merrill, Main " . 


15 14 


Hosea L. Day, " " . 


17 34 


A. W. Chapman, Crescent " 


34 53 


B. F. Bancroft, Pleasant street, . 


8 26 


Dr. S. W. Abbott, Avon " 


27 75 


E. W. Eaton, Eailroad " 


13 69 


Walton & Winship, " and Chestnut streets, 45 60 


W. D. Deadman, Yale avenue, 


16 22 


T. Emerson's Sons, Main street, 


28 30 


A. H. Binclen, Main " 


9 53 


C. E. Mies, Chestnut 


1135 


W. K. Perkins, Mechanic " 


8 79 


John Purington, Centre " 


17 02 


Geo. H. Towle, Yale avenue, 


24 31 


S. K. Hamilton, " " 


18 31 


Miss E. Walton, Chestnut street, 


13 69 


Mark Folsom, Yale avenue, 


16 56 


Total expended, 


$1,010 16 


nee in excess, charged to miscellaneous 




expenses, .... 


10 16 



$1,000 00 



59 
NEW PARK EXTENSION. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $300 00 

Sale of <n-ass, ...... 41 00 



$341 00 

Expended as follows, under direction of John 

G. Morrill , surveyor : 
Paid sundry individuals as per pay-roll, for labor, 347 11 
Balance overdrawn, charged to account of sur- 
veyor of Centre District, . . . $6 11 



341 00 



PLEASANT STEEET EXTENSION. 

Appropriation authorized, .... $50 00 

Expended as follows, under direction of John 

G. Morrill, surveyor : 
Paid sundry individuals as per pay-roll, for labor, 50 34 

excess of appropriation, charged to the ac- 
count of surveyor for Centre District, . 34 



$50 00 



HIGHLAND STREET APPROPRIATION. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . . $150 00 

Expended as follows, under direction of John 
G. Morrill, surveyor : 
Paid sundry individuals as per pay-rolls, for 

labor and sundry repairs, . . . 147 60 



Balance unexpended, carried to account of sur- 
veyor for Centre District, . . . 2 40 



60 



$300 00 



OTIS STEEET APPROPRIATION. 

Appropriation authorized, .... 

Expended as follows : 
Paid Patrick O'Connor, as per contract, 
" " extra labor, 

H. L. Haskell, labor and stock, 

Walter B. Ellis, concrete gutters, 

James A. Bancroft, surveys, 

H. N. Winslow, teamiug, 

Total expended, 
Balance unexpended, . 



$300 00 
BALANCE OF HIGHWAY RESERVE, 1879-80. 

Balance in hands of James Oliver, as per report, $146 94 

Expended as follows : 
Paid John M. Cate, surveyor of Centre 
District, balance due him as per 
report, .... $47 83 
G. W. Aborn, drain pipe and labor 

on Auburn street, . . 8 25 





. $147 00 




8 75 




25 65 




19 44 




6 00 




100 




$207 84 


• 


. , 92 16 



jLorai, . . . . . 

Balance unexpended, paid to James F. Emerson, 
town treasurer, . 



$56 08 



$90 86 



REPAIRS CORNER CRESCENT AND EATON 
STREETS, 1879-80. 

Balance in hands of James Oliver as per report, $50 00 

This amount was paid over to T. E. Balch, 

Chairman of Selectmen, and has been 

disbursed as follows : 
Paid J. G. Morrill, for widening and fencing, . $50 00 



61 

C. WAKEFIELD ENGINE COMPANY— INJUNCTION 

EXPENSES. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . $125 00 

Paid W. S. Greenongh for the petitioners, as per 

Mil, Eaton & Hamilton, . . . 125 00 



RE-LIGHTING TOWN HALL. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . $125 00 

Expended as follows : 

Paid L. J. Descalzo & Co. as per contract, . . 110 00 

Balance unexpended. .... 15 00 



125 00 



SOLDIERS' BURIAL LOT. 

Appropriation authorized, . . . . $12( 
Paid W. S. Greenongh, Chairman of Commit- 
tee, and now held by him to complete 
purchc. $12 



EXPENSES OF FISH COMMITTEE. 

Appropriation authorized. .... 

Expended as follow 

Paid C. P. Poland, fish net. .... 3 00 

Samuel Parker. Jr., recording leas 75 

" '•' " labor on fishwaj 

Amount carried forward ', .... $4 50 



62 

Amount brought forward, . . . . $4 50 

Samuel Parker, Jr., services and team, 3 00 

" " " trip to Howlett's pond, 1 00 

J. H. Cartlaud, trip to Howlett's pond, . 1 00 

" " services and team to Lyim- 

field and on fish ways, . . . 2 50 
Oscar I. Stowell, telegraphing and repairs 

on dam, ' . . . . . . 5 50 



Total expended, . . . $17 50 

Balance unexpended, now in hands of Committee, 2 50 

$20 00 



6° 



•> 



COLLECTOR'S STATEMENT. 



TAX OF 

Uncollected balance as per last 
Received as interest, . 


1878. 

report, 

• • • 

$4,422 86 
646 10 


. $4,491 81 
577 15 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 


$5,068 96 
$5,068 96 








TAX OF 

Uncollected balance as per last ] 
Received as interest, . 


1S79. 
report, 

. $4,462 30 

173 78 

1 31 


. $8,481 65 
162 10 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, 


$8,643 75 
$4,637 39 


Balance uncollected, 


• 


$4,006 36 


TAX OF 

Total amount assessed, 
Received as interest, 


1880. 

. $40,662 52 

653 62 

1,470 36 


$51,268 12 
15 87 


Paid Town Treasurer, 
Abated by Assessors, 
Discounts allowed, 


$51,283 99 
H2,786 50 



Balance uncollected, . $8,497 49 

RICHARD BRITTON, Collector. 



March 1, 1881. 



64 



TREAS URER'S REPORT. 

James F. Emerson, Treas. in acct. with Town of Wakefield. 

Dr. 

To cash balance in Treasury, March 5, 1880, . $5,241 59 

hired on town notes, .... 22,500 00 

release of tax deeds, . . . . 569 41 

interest received on tax deeds, . . 30 18 

" " on loans and deposits, 98 78 

Richard Britton, Collector, 1878, . 4,422 8(y 

1379, . 4,462 30 

1880, . 40,662 52 



Mrs. Harriet N. Flint, given for use in 
Memorial Hall, .... 

B. F. Shedd, Highway Surveyor, 1879, 
unexpended balance, 

J. A. Tyler, Highway Surveyor, 1879, 

unexpended balance, 
J. J. Mansfield, Highway Surveyor, 1879 ; 
income of Town Hall, 1879, 
Daniel Norcross, auctioneer license, 

C. F. Hartshorne, " " 
W. G. Skinner, " "■ " 
James Oliver, unexpended balance of 

$146.94 in his hands at last report, 
L. H. Tasker, on acct. of rental of 
Crystal Lake for one year, from 
March 1st, 1880, . 
John H. Johnson of Wakefield, peddler 
license elated Sept. 8, 1880, one ye 
State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 
" " National Bank tax, 

" " State aid, 

" " relief indigent soldier 

and sailors, 
" " pauper account, 

" " armory rent, 

si " school fund, 

Selectmen, acct. concrete sidewalks and 
County Treasurer, Dog-tax, 
School Committee, 
Overseers of the Poor, 
from sale of grass, 



error 



200 00 

31 89 

13 21 

12 48 

421 00 

2 00 

2 00 

2 00 

90 SQ 

20 00 

10 00 
2,740 58 
1,136 GS 
2,172 50 



309 00 

20 74 

300 00 

184 52 

, 47 91 

238 04 

237 00 

969 25 

52 00 



$87,201 30 



65 



Or. 

By cash paid town orders, . . . . $35,243 91 

principal on loan, . . . 33,500 00 

interest " " ... 5,236 31 
" " Flint Memorial Fund 

to Town Library, 60 00 
Eicliard Britton, Collector, for tax 

titles, 302 91 

for registry of deeds, . . . 12 75 
C. W. Eaton, for negotiating set- 
tlement of tax titles and writing 

release deeds, . . . 44 00 

State Aid account, . . . 2,260 75 

Saugus tax, . . . . 4 16 

State tax, 3,810 00 

National Bank tax, ... 896 29 

County tax, .... 1,914 57 
School Committee, State School Fund, 184 52 
Selectmen, gift of Mrs. Flint for 

Memorial Hall, ... . 200 00 
G. W. Aborn for release of two 

tax titles, . . . . 32 50 

Balance, cash in treasury, . . . 3,498 63 



$87,201 30 



66 



LOAN ACCOUNT. 



Amount as per audit, March 5, 1880, . . $88,600 00 
since hired by Treasurer, . . . 22,500 00 



$111,100 00 
Amount paid since March 5, 1880, . . 33,500 00 



$77,600 00 
Loans are now held March 5, 1881, as follows : 
State Treasurer, due May 20, 1881, . . 19,600 00 
Bonds to bearer $1,000 each, due June 1, 1881, 19,000 00 
Brewster, Bassett & Co., due Sept. 15, 1881, 4,000 00 

Brewster, Bassett & Co., due Oct. 15, 1881, . 5,000 00 
Bonds to bearer $1,000 each, due May 1, 1882, 30,000 00 



Total, 


. $77,600 00 


TOWN DEBT. 




Amount of notes and bonds bear- 




ing interest, March 5, 1881, . $ 


;77,600 00 


Interest on notes and bonds, ac- 




crued to date, 


1,366 89 


State aid unpaid, due to pensioners, 


101 25 


Outstanding town orders, 


244 99 


Total liabilities, 


. $79,313 13 


Cash balance in Treasury, 


$3,498 63 



Due from State on account of State 

aid as per monthly returns, 1880, 2,205 50 

Due from State on military aid ac- 
count one-half of amount paid, 
1,215 94, .... 607 97 

Due on tax-list, 1879, . . 4,006 36 

" " " 1880, . . 8,497 49 



Total assets, . . . $18,815 95 



Net debt, . . . $60,497 18 

Net debt as per report last year, . 69,273 68 

" this year, . 60,497 18 



n a a a 



Decrease since 1880 report, . $8,776 50 



07 



STATE AID. 

Amount allowed various individ- 
uals for the year ending March 
1, 1881, . . . . $2,247 00 

Balance due and unpaid March 1, 

1880, . . . . 115 00 

The Treas. has paid of the above 

amount, . ... . . 2,260 75 

Due various individuals, unpaid to 

March 1, 1881, ... 101 25 

$2,302 00 

The amounts which have been paid to each person appear 
in the folio wins: statement : 



$2,362 00 



James E. Abbott, 72 00 

Elizabeth Bateman, 44 00 

W. W. Bessey, 72 00 

Mary V. Brown, 52 00 

Eugene C. Bryant, guardian 
for Wm. C. Bryant, (dis- 
continued April 1, 1880), 20 00 

Augusta M. Chandler, 48 00 

Eliza X. Clifford, 

Thomas W. Coombs, 

Adah E. Cowdrey, 

John Davis, 

Victor Eaton, 

Rodney Edmands, 

Alexander Flanders, (dis- 
continued Dec. 1, 1880, 44 00 

Orlando X. Gammons, 24 75 

Micah Heath, 

Xeedham C. Hunter, 

Joseph L. Hurd, 

Geo. II. Jackson, 

Patrick Lanergan, 

Lucinda Locke, 

Sarah S. Mason, 



48 00 
72 00 
40 00 
96 00 
72 00 
72 00 



96 00 
54 00 
66 00 
18 00 
45 00 
56 00 
52 00 



Andrew Mellen, (discon- 
tinued Dec. 1, 1880), 

Elizabeth Moses, 

Esther S. Parker, 

Win. D. Parker, 

Martha A. Pilling, 

Lucy E. Poland, 

Joseph II. Richardson, 

Julia A. Ross, (discontin 
ued June 1. 1880, 

John S. Sargent, 

Lydia Sweetser, 

Sarah Sweetser, 

Geo. W. Townsend, 

Thomas Twisden, 

James Weary, 

Geo. X. Whiting, 

Albert S. Wiley, 

Geo. H. Wiley", 

John Wiley, 2d, 

Hiram Woodis, 

Nathaniel H. Wright, 



12 00 


48 00 


40 00 


72 00 


28 00 


48 00 


54 00 


2- 

4 00 


18 00 


48 00 


44 00 


120 00 


78 00 


54 00 


72 00 


39 00 


72 00 


78 00 


96 00 


72 00 



$2,260 75 



68 



LIST OF TAX DEEDS NOW HELD BY TOWN TREAS- 
URER FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. 





Tax. 


Date of Deeds, 




Geo. Kempt on, 


1875, 


July 6, 


1877, 


$7 06 


Thos. Lord, 


1875, 


July 6, 


1877, 


23 16 


A. J. Perham & Besse}^, 


1875, 


July 6, 


1877, 


27 15 


J. M. Piper, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 


1878, 


8 15 


John Stevens, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 


1878 : 


27 37 


Daniel C. Murphy, 


1876, 


Aug. 13, 


1878 : 


34 29 


Th